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“Connection is why we’re here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.”

Brene Brown

Friendships are an essential part of our existence. They keep us grounded, supported, and simply put, make life more fun! Our friendships may fluctuate throughout different seasons of our lives, and that’s completely normal. It’s been said that if you have one close friend, you are lucky. During this Friendship Month, let’s celebrate the friendships we have and strengthen our understanding of what it means to be a good friend. Research says quality friends make you physically healthier, happier, live longer, feel safe, and even improve your mental health. Friendships make you less likely to get sick and can be linked to financial success!

Tips to Maintaining Friendships

  1. Keep in touch. Whether by phone call, text message, email, or social media, try to initiate at least
    one point of contact with each of your friends on a consistent basis.
  2. Be understanding. If a friend doesn’t return your call or text right away, that may be a sign they’re overwhelmed. The timeliness of their response does not reflect the quality of your friendship.
  3. Stay interested. It’s easy to stay stuck in “the good old days.” Try to keep an enthusiastic curiosity about what’s happening in your friends lives now.

Ways to Make New Friends

  • Join a common interest group
  • Volunteer at a local nonprofit
  • Reach out to someone you’ve lost touch with

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