Keep Your Friends Close


A powerful predictor of human happiness is the quality of our relationships. If you want more joy in your life (and don’t we all?), be sure to make time for old friends—as well as cherish and nurture newer connections.

Staying in touch definitely takes effort, but it’s worth it! Are there people in your life who you haven't seen or spoken to in a while but whom you'd like to touch base with? Don’t worry about how many months or years it’s been. It’s never too late to rekindle a relationship.

A few years ago, I went to my high school reunion and was happily surprised to see old friends that I had lost touch with. When we began chatting it was like no time had passed! I told them I wanted them back in my circle—and now these “renewed” old friends have added a whole new dimension to my life. For even more smart reasons to keep your friends close, check out these tips:

Technique of the week: Pick up the phone and call a friend, relative or someone you care about. Write a note or send an email to simply say, thinking of you. Since the most impactful way to connect is face to face, make an effort to get together. When you invite people into your day for the sole purpose of keeping connected, it’s truly living in love.

Melissa Garson