Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. Sydney Smith
I love my friends. They boost my energy. They make me laugh. They allow me to vent. They cheer me on.
Yet I hardly ever see them.
It is a shame that for many of us, the more stressful life gets the less connected we become.
We would do better to draw more of our friends closer during our stressful times but instead we tough it out and go it alone. It is not until after the stress has subsided that we often share the difficulties we faced with others.
I ponder the success of on-line journals such as FaceBook. Here we are allowed to write about our thoughts and our situations and have those on-line comment. I think that this younger generation has found its own version of the quilting bee of days gone by. The quilting bee was not really about putting a quilt together. It was a way for the women of the community to get out from their homes and get connected. They shared, they vented, they cried and they laughed.
Though others can comment on our writings, our pictures and our videos, there is nothing like the face-to-face gatherings of friends. We are social beings and we need social connection.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Celebrating Friendship Day:
- We know from our research that people with friends are less likely to suffer physical and mental health problems than those who are socially isolated.
- Friendships can last a lifetime or be specific to a time in our life – however long, they are valuable.
- Remember your friends. Let them know that they matter. Connect when possible – but don’t leave it up to chance – or time may pass you both by.
If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!