How to Build Meaningful Friendships


“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.” — Jim Henson

Do you ever feel like you need a good vent sesh, but you don’t know who to turn to?

Do you crave a girls night out, but aren’t sure who you’d go with?

Do you feel like you could use a little more support in your life, but haven’t found a friend who can help?

If your answer is yes, yes, and heck yes, it’s time to start creating and nurturing your friendships.

Friendships are legit important. Not just for fun times, but for the challenging times, too. When you’re supported, you take care of yourself and feel all the positive vibes life has to offer.

To start building your friendships, look for people who you share something in common with. Like writer C.S. Lewis said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’”

You may have a yoga buddy who you always put your mat next to and chit chat with before class. Or perhaps the person you always run into at the health food store who loves to cook as much as you do.

Can’t think of anyone you know who you’d like to get to know more? You can always join a MeetUp group and connect with people who you share hobbies and goals with, ask mutual friends if they have any friends you could meet in your area, and start getting out more and doing things you enjoy.

Be real with your new friends and go beyond surface level “how’s the weather” sort of talk. Then be sure to get together often to continue to foster your bond.

The same goes for current friendships that need a little nurturing. Send a text to three good friends tonight telling them you’re thinking about them. Set a wine phone date with anyone who may live far away or an afternoon walk with someone close by and stick to it.

Good friends light up our lives and help us feel empowered knowing they have our backs. Make friendships a priority and you’ll feel happier and healthier.

To good friends old and new!


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“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” — Walter Winchell



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