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Why Good Friends Are Good for Your Health

November 10, 2022

Do you have three to five good friends? Does anyone consider you their best friend? If the answer is yes, congrats! When it comes to your health and wellbeing, having a few good friends can have a dramatic impact on your health.

According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, some of the ways good friends are good for your health include:

  • Coping with stress, anxiety and trauma
  • Boosting self-esteem
  • Providing a sense of belonging
  • Kicking bad habits to the curb

Since friendship is so integral to our well-being, this holiday season, make an effort to connect with friends you’ve lost touch with or spend more quality time with your besties.

5 Ways to Show Your Friends Appreciation This Holiday Season

#1. Create a memory album to share

It’s so easy to dwell on the negative things in life. Taking a trip down memory lane with your friends restores and strengthens the love you share for each other while also reducing stress by focusing on happy memories. Create a collection of photos you know will put a smile on their faces every time they are reminded of those happy times together.

#2. Pay your friend an in-person visit

Zoom is nice, but that’s not how you’ll continue to make memories. Whether your best friend is down the road or several states away, get a date on the calendar to spend some quality time together in person. Quality time is a powerful love language your friend will appreciate!

#3. Give your best bud a living memento of your friendship

An Irish proverb states, "A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have." No other plant says I'm lucky to have you in my life, like a money tree. This plant has several trunks braided together and believed to symbolize the ‘locking-in of good fortune, woven together just like the precious memories of your friendship.

Does your friend have more of an artistic flair? Orchids are beautiful, but low-maintenance gifts that come in different sizes and colors, adding the right pop of style to a living space. Regardless of which plant you choose, it will serve as a visual reminder of your friendship.

#4. Break bread together

Sharing a meal is a simple way to connect with others. Whether you get dressed up and go out to a nice restaurant or make a meal together at home, celebrate the holidays with a shared meal. If you both love to cook, try out a new recipe together!

#5. Find a Fun Holiday Activity to Do Together

If you and your friends are active people, sign up to run in the local Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning or visit an outdoor ice skating rink.  Do you and your friends love history? Attend a Madrigal dinner together. Use these activities as opportunities to make new friends by opening up the invitation to your friends’ friends! 

Nurturing Lifelong Friendships for Good Health

John Leonard said, "It takes a long time to grow an old friend." A lifelong friend is often more like a sibling you choose, which is why they are so precious.  When growing old friends, remember:

  • To be a good friend is to be a good listener
  • Be transparent
  • Be there for your friend in good times and in bad
  • Always keep their secrets
  • Always make time for them

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