Finding it tough to cope with modern life? All you need is the presence of five friends: An agony aunt, an emotional support, someone good with money, a practical person and a colleague you can seek advice from.

The research by Nationwide Building Society in the UK shows a minimum of five friends and colleagues are now required to share out our problems and get useful advice from.

Researchers rated ‘an agony aunt’ figure who you can tell your problems to, followed by a ‘loved one’ who will put an arm around you and provide emotional support, the Daily Mail reported.

The third most in demand is ‘someone to help you out with financial matters’ and advise you how to save money.

And fourth is a ‘knowledgeable friend’ or family member you can turn to for advice on life’s practical matters.

The fifth most important is ‘a colleague’ you can look to for help and advice in the workplace.

However, the research found that despite the average Facebook user having 190 friends, 32 per cent of Britons still don’t feel they really have anyone on their side.

“No matter how strong and independent people are, we all need someone to lean on at key stages in life,” said Susan Quilliam, a relationship psychologist in UK.

(This article was published on July 23, 2012)
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