Attending work 5 days a week, hours of 9-5, your work colleagues are the people you spend most of your time with.
They know what you order on your morning coffee run, eat for lunch everyday, your work dilemmas and dislikes and always there to help. To develop a friendship with colleagues that expands beyond the work place environment has great benefits to our career, health and happiness.
A strong notion of camaraderie exists - there is a common sense of purpose and mentality of team work. Fulfilling your own individual work but also having the reassurance that you are all in it together, sharing the good, the bad and ugly. If you pursue this in a positive sense, the friendships that are created through this strong tie and team work allow you and your colleagues to share a bond and mutual respect for each other. You are able to talk to one another building trust, share laughs and have fun with each other and manifest a strong social support network that is uplifting to the work place.
Working in the same domain, you obviously have some common likes, dislikes, hobbies and goals in which you can converse about over after-work drinks or a casual weekend brunch. To socialise with your work colleagues out of the office allows the elimination of formal barriers, giving way for a more relaxed and fun engagement. You get to understand each other on both a personal and professional matter, enforcing the friendship and communication in the work place.
You see them pretty much every day so be positive and going to work won't seem like work at all! They will be your best friends for now and for a long time.