I learned of a study recently that said the average American hasn’t made a new friend in five years. YIKES! Good job I was sitting down because that blew me away. Does it surprise you as well, or does it describe you as well? I’m curious. You, too? Read on…
What’s staggering to me about this finding is that people are not taking steps to add to their own friend pool. This has many detrimental side effects.
As we grow and change, our close circle of real friends becomes even more critical for our mental and physical well-being. We constantly need to add new friends to our life, and the sooner, the better. It’s crucial as we age and become more reliant on them, or we end up isolated. In my mind, life without true friends is like a silent black and white movie. Friends add flavor and color to our world and as humans, we need that as much as air, food, water, and shelter. I ask you, who doesn't want this kind of joy?
Think of the friends you have today...especially the ones that make you smile. Not all of them will be able to stay friends with you. We generally rotate our friends every seven years. We all change as life unfolds. Everyone has to stay true to their path, meaning many will leave your life…maybe for a while, or for maybe for good. Even though relationships shift, it doesn’t mean they have to exit forever if you don’t want that.
This study got me wondering. Is it because the awkward chit-chat thing has people too nervous to pursue meeting new people? Are people just not running across others they actually want to be friends with? It could also be a multitude of other reasons. This begs a conversation!
It would really help me to hear what you think about this. If this topic hits home for you then I invite you to hit reply now. I’d love your take on this subject. Please tell me if any of this resonates for you. Why do you think most people haven’t made any new friends in the past five years?
If this IS you, I can also help you change those odds, too, if you want…just say in’ :-) Just click here to schedule a free 30-minute chat if, and when, you’re ready to widen your inner circle of close friends. I’ll show you how.
Yours in friendship,
I'm in my element when I'm exploring thoughts of this challenging topic of female friendships. Sometimes things spill out into the real world and end up here in this blog,
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