Motivational Monday is back! This Monday I wanted to share five fabulous tips to help inspire gratitude and bring attention to one of the most precious things in life, friendship. Wether you have a hundred friends or a select few there is a time when we all need a friend. Friendship breeds love, compassion, happiness, strength which are all necessities that, without which the human race cannot survive.
The Importance Of Friends
1. Be strong you never know who you are inspiring: It’s easy to forget the impact our words and actions have on those around us. Sometimes when the chips are down our closest friends get the brunt of our woes, our moaning or can be left to pick up the pieces of our broken heart. If you have a friend experiencing hard times be strong, practice patience and know that the love you show will eventually inspire a happier universe. If you are the one in the dumps remember to appreciate your friendships and don’t take those around you for granted.
2. Get in touch with a friend you’ve not spoken to in a while: In the digital age it’s easier than ever to keep on top of what your friends past and present are doing. You can glance at Facebook and see an old school friend has had their first child. Glancing at somebodies photos on Facebook doesn’t count as connecting on the deep level we as social animals need. Pick up the phone, write a letter by snail mail, send a card or write a lovely email, evoke a positive emotion. It’s always fabulous to hear from a friend that you’ve shared happy memories with.
Plan Some Fun
3. Invite a friend to join you in an unusual activity: When I say ‘unusual’ i’m not talking extreme ironing, hang gliding or trekking in the Antarctic (unless of course you want to). What I mean is why not try something new instead of going down the pub or your usual culinary haunt. Invite a friend to join you for a walk, the theatre, the cinema, swimming, a jog, do some baking, DIY, venture out, share an experience. Being active will help both to feel good, doing something neither of you have done before will strengthen your friendship.
Make New Friends
4. Make a new friend, reach out and connect with someone you admire: It’s so easy to think ‘I’ve got enough friends’, to get comfortable and stay within your clique, to rest assured that you have a few close friends. There will be somebody out there that could do with a friend and connecting with somebody new can be one of the most exciting experiences. There might be somebody, a friend of a friend, somebody at work, an individual whos work you admire, a blogger you’ve been following, reach out and connect with them, invite them out for dinner, a coffee, make the effort to stop and speak to them for longer in the street. Open yourself up to fresh friendships. Allow yourself to learn from people, become inspired, take an interest in their experiences and the things that they love. Friendship is the greatest gifts and multiplies the good in life .
5.‘Message ten friends and tell them one thing that you love about them: If ten is too many choose five of your dearest friends and let them know one amazing thing you admire in them. It’s important to share the love. I’m sure you know that feeling when one person compliments something you’ve done, been working on or are wearing it can leave you on a high for days. Be specific, pick one things they do, wear, say, whatever that you truly admire and share your appreciation. This will leave them feeling great, show them their efforts don’ go unnoticed and give you the chance to think about the beauty individuals that surround you.
‘A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself’ -Jim Morrison
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