One is Silver and the Other’s Gold! 6 Things Friendships Do for Us!
Growing up I was a Girl Scout for nine years. The lyrics to one of my favorite songs from scouting went like this: “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold”. That was the whole song. We’d sing it over and over, sometimes in a round. As a busy adult I sometimes find making new friends daunting. Friendships take time and I’m always wary of over extending myself.
According to everydayHealth.com friendships help us in a number of ways, several of which I didn’t expect: 1) socially engaged adults are more successful, 2) friends can help you achieve goals, 3) happiness is catching, 4) building a circle of friends makes you happy, and 5) friendships lessen grief. (http://www.everydayhealth.com/emotional-health/social-support.aspx)
Writing this I realized this is my second post on friendship in as many months. Friends are important to me and I put time into them because they enrich my life. In June I took two trips that serendipitously led me to make a number of new friends. Each of these people inspired me in different ways. I am so glad to have the reminder that making new friends isn’t hard, you just have to put yourself out there.
All the best,