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Friday, April 17, 2009

Reconnect with a friend.

Reconnect with a friend.

Research shows that friendships not only enhance your life but also protect and improve your health. And studies show that the happiest people are those who have both good mental health and good social relationships.

Today think about the relationships you have with people outside your family — your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and others you have daily contact with. Whom do you consider your friends? Would you like closer relationships with them, or to spend more time with them?

Friendships take time and tending the same way that your relationships with your family do, and it's natural to put our jobs and families ahead of our friends. But making time for people whom you connect with and can laugh with enriches your life. Keeping in touch — whether by phone, e-mail, letters, or get-togethers — is an essential part of staying close. Today's small change is to reconnect with a friend, perhaps someone you haven't seen or spoken to in longer than you had intended. Chances are good that your friend misses you, too, and will be delighted that you took the initiative to catch up.

Sometimes friends grow apart; as new friendships are made through circumstance or shared interests, others are lost. It may be that you and an old friend don't feel as though you have much in common anymore, or have too much going on in your lives to stay meaningfully connected. But if it is a relationship that's really important to you, you may want to talk to your friend about your relationship before you drift apart for good. Tell your friend how you feel and ask if there's a way to reconnect. There may also be something going on in your friend's life that has affected her — something you don't know about. You won't know unless you ask.

from Healthy Living with Ellie Krieger.

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