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Monday, June 12, 2017

Making Friends for Good Health

A new study shows that friendships become increasingly more important as we age—even more important than our familial relationships. 

“Keeping a few really good friends around can make a world of difference for our health and well-being. So it’s smart to invest in the friendships that make you happiest," said the study's author.

The right friendships are also crucial to your recovery. As you begin to build new healthy patterns in your life, it’s more important than ever to be intentional about your friendships and relationships. The goal, after all, is to try to surround yourself with people who are supportive and understanding of your recovery needs. These tips can help you get started. 
  • Resist insecurity: It’s normal to worry about saying something stupid when meeting new people, but do your best to put your fears aside and focus on what you can do if, in fact, you do get tongue-tied.
  • Practice: The more you socialize, the easier it will become. Plus, it will help remind you that you’re not the only person out there trying to make new friends. 
  • Volunteer: Working alongside others in a group endeavor will allow you to make new acquaintances, which may very well turn into friendships.
  • Take up a sport or hobby. Join a local running group or take a cooking or yoga class  -- the possibilities are endless. 
  • Play host: Organize a few sober get-togethers and gatherings to get to know people better. 
  • Be patient: Like anything worthwhile, making friends takes time. 
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