Friendships: 5 Terrific Ways to Spend Time With Friends

by Pamela

in Brilliant Women Toolkit,Friendships,Popular Posts

Connected-Friends
Photography by reebs*

Ah, the contented, joyous feeling that you have when you spend quality time with a good woman friend! We laugh, we vent, we process, we encourage, we support, and we share our life’s stories.

Well it turns out that there is a biological reason for that feeling. Studies show that the bonding hormone, oxytocin, that is created when women and their babies look into each other’s eyes is the same hormone that is produced when women friends connect. It lowers our stress levels and contributes to our health.

We know that spending time with friends is good for the heart and soul. Our friendships need tending and nurturing in order to grow and flourish. But how can we easily do this when we are so busy? We simply need to make this a priority in our lives and we need to make this fun!

5 Terrific Ways to stay connected and spend time with the friends we love.

  1. Plan and attend a fun event.
    Have a tea party (don’t forget the hats and boas!), see a play or movie,  attend a garden show – make sure there is time to talk and connect before or afterwards.
  2. Learn together.
    Pick something that you are both interested in and take lessons together.  I took a six-week group weaving class with a dear friend of mine.  We met for dinner after work and then went to our class together.  It was great because we had a scheduled time to meet together, had time to talk and were able to share a fun class!
  3. Exercise together.
    I can hear what you are thinking already…exercise? Look, I am not a person who enjoys exercise by myself but with a friend it can be a real treat. Until my friend moved away, we would meet at least two times a week to walk at a nearby lake. The time went fast, we talked the entire time and we felt fantastic afterwards and *sometimes* we walked the entire route twice!
  4. Belong together.
    Join a club together.  Here are some ideas: book, bridge, card, dining, and photography.
  5. Volunteer together.
    Find a community or organization that needs your help and volunteer together. Not only will you spend time with your friend, but you will feel better knowing that you helped others.

Call to action

Right now, before you do anything else, phone or email a friend and schedule some time to get together using one of the above ways to connect.

Do you have other terrific ways to spend time with friends? I’d love to read them. Please share them in the comment section, below.

Resources

Our Innate Need For Friendship
UCLA Study On Friendship Among Women
Friendships: Enrich Your life and Improve Your Health

Brilliant Women Quotes

“Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary. Louisa May Alcott

It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. Marlene Dietrich.

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