"It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company."
There's nothing that influences our life more than the people we choose to surround ourselves with. You can't pick your family, but you can certainly pick your friends. If you want to have a happy life, you have to find people who share your values, and your passion for life. And friends are important--a good friend adds depth to your life. They make you laugh when you need to, and are there when you're going through difficult times. They'll go to a movie with you your wife doesn't want to see. And they never forget your birthday.
I think we've all had that experience of having a friend that isn't good for us. They bring negativity into our lives, or perhaps they're always surrounded with an aura of chaos--drama, drama, drama all the time. Sometimes we just want somebody around, and we aren't nearly selective enough about who we choose. As it turns out, friends like that don't make you feel better, they make you feel worse. They take more out of your life than they add to it. You're better off without people like that in your life.
Some people have a lot of friends--they make friends fast. Others are slower about making friends--they have just a few very close friends. Friendships are important, so be selective about who you let into your life.
~Todd E. Creason