20 Creative and Fun Things to Do with Friends

20 Creative and Fun Things to Do with Friends

To keep our friendships strong we know we need to devote quality time to them. But often we default to uninspiring get-togethers like lunch or happy hour. But what if we turned to more fun experiences to enrich our relationships while also stretching ourselves and our social network? Following are 20 creative and entertaining ways to spend time with friends—the ones you’ve known for years and the ones you’re soon to meet. 

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How I Made New Friends in a New City

How I Made New Friends in a New City

In the United States approximately 11% of the population moves every year. While the move may be exciting, it can also be daunting. Especially when you think about finding new friends. In this article, I share the story of how I created a new personal and professional network from scratch when I moved to a new city and entered a new industry. I share my 7 suggestions for those who may have to do the same thing or for anyone looking to expand their existing network.

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How Small Daily Interactions Can Help Overcome Loneliness

How Small Daily Interactions Can Help Overcome Loneliness

When we think of our social wellbeing we naturally think of our closest friendships. But they don’t fully encompass the entirety of our social circle. Acquaintances, too, have a place in our lives. Our interactions with them, which may seem inconsequential, can actually help us feel like we have a broader and more diverse social network. They can also help us expand our connections for finding new career opportunities, hidden resources, or even other new friendships. Within this post, I share five ways to get more acquainted with acquaintances in your life

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Creating a Game Plan for Overcoming Loneliness

Creating a Game Plan for Overcoming Loneliness

Loneliness is a condition, not a state of mind. All too often people feel shame about it without recognizing the enormous cultural changes that are now impacting how we socially relate to one another. Improving our own social engagement comes about first from making a decision to do so. Then creating a personal communication plan, taking deliberate action, and cultivating an expectant attitude of successful outcomes.

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7 Ways to Bring Kindness and Community Back to Our Lives

7 Ways to Bring Kindness and Community Back to Our Lives

These days our sense of community is eroding. We no longer know the deeper stories of our friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Over time a certain callousness has set in and with it social isolation. Despite this, we all long to be a part of something bigger. If change is to occur, it can start locally and hopefully spread globally. A good place to start is adopting these seven simple habits to bring kindness, consideration, and eventually community back to the center of our lives.

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Are We Acquaintances or Are We Friends?

Are We Acquaintances or Are We Friends?

We all have a bunch of “friends” thanks to Facebook but the term has gotten watered down. We now live with uncertainty about what we can expect from people in our social circle. By evaluating who we have in our social life with honesty and transparency we can get to the heart of who’s in our corner and who’s just in the room.

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