Active Lifestyle

Friendships Are the Spice of Life

October 2, 2017 • Fenny Peiffer

group of senior friends taking selfie in park

True friendship is finding those people who can stop by at a moment’s notice whether or not you did your hair that day, or cleaned the house. They are there when you’re at your best, and are there to lift your spirits at your worst. In today’s fast-paced technology-driven society, cultivating that Lucy and Ethel dynamic can feel like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack, but once you find it, the positive effect friends have on our physical, and emotional health is worth its weight in gold.

Sometimes peer pressure is a really good thing especially when a friend encourages you to join them at the gym, take an art class, or try a healthy recipe. Often when we’re in a rut, it can be hard to find the motivation to get some exercise, or even get out to mingle. We tend to take cues from our friends to get excited about trying something new, and if he or she is energized by their new fitness regime, it’s natural to want to follow suit! Singles especially can benefit from spending time with friends who get them out there, and have the potential to meet that special someone through the old “friend of a friend” routine.

Wondering where to meet people? Joining a 55+ community is not only a great way to make new friends, but the like-minded atmosphere takes the guesswork out of having things in common. There’s a method behind the community design, and that’s bringing people together. The amenities offered are all geared towards fostering friendships, and enjoying a socially rich lifestyle from group sports, to a variety of social clubs. Many residents have said their social life had blossomed after moving to their new neighborhood, and the welcoming environment was unlike any other.

It’s easy to let our schedules get in the way of showing our friends we care, but there are so many small gestures that make a big impact. If you’re going to the farmers market pick up some extras, and deliver them to a neighbor’s doorstep, or help a friend living alone with yard work or running an errand. Choose a day of the month to arrange a monthly dinner, and rotate houses, or even spice it up with a themed menu. Creating a social group like a book club, or bowling league, and even getting out of the course for tee time is a great way to slow down, and enjoy some quality time. Stepping out of our comfort zones to be there for others is invaluable, and I
think the Beatles had it right that really do get by with a little help from our friends~

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