Today's Kindness #402: October 19, 2023
👋🏼Make New Friends👋🏼
National New Friends Day rolls around annually on October 19. This holiday is all about making room for new connections in your life and celebrating the potential for friendship everywhere you go. Research has found time and time again that strong social support is a key to living your happiest, most fulfilled life. So get out there and add some new friends to your docket!
How To Celebrate:
Get To Know An Acquaintance Better
If there's someone you've always wanted to get to know better, now is the time to go for it. Maybe it's someone you always run into at the local cafe or a coworker you always wanted to get to know better. Celebrate New Friends Day by sharing a little conversation (and maybe a sandwich) with your coworker.
Make Sure Your Current Friendships Are Healthy and Happy
Today is a great day to take stock of the current friendships in your life. Make sure that all of your friendships are mutually beneficial. Are you being a good friend to the people closest to you? Are they doing the same for you? If you've got any toxic friends in your life, now is the time to consider trying to resolve those issues or peacefully ending the friendship. It's not easy, but it makes room for new friendships that are more fulfilling.
Attend Your Local Neighborhood Meeting
One of the best ways to make new friends is to get involved in local activities. Join a community volunteer group or a meet-up focused on a hobby you're passionate about. Showing up to your first meeting might be intimidating, but it's the first step to making new friends with people who share some of your passions. At a block party, new friends may hang out on your front porch, for a change!
"A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside."
~ Winnie the Pooh