These days you wouldn’t think it would be challenging to keep in touch with family and friends. Thanks to the various social media networks, FaceTime, text messaging, email, and getting together with friends, it seems like we’re getting updates and communicating non-stop. Even with all the information all the time, it’s hard to feel connected with anyone. Here are three ways to feel more connected with the loved ones in your life:
Have you ever seen a kid get a piece of mail? That excitement is priceless. As an adult, it’s almost as exciting to get something in the mail besides a bill. Get some note cards or stop in to a store like Hallmark and pick out a special card just for the person you’re reaching out to. Write your heartfelt note inside the card and drop it in the mail (after you put postage on and address it of course). It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – unexpected notes are fantastic.
One on One Time
One of the best ways for you to let someone know you value their friendship is to make time for them. Again, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Stop and grab dinner together after work one night. Or grab takeout and eat together on your couch. Or meet up during your child’s sports practice and catch up instead of scrolling through Facebook in your car while you wait.
Make a plan with friends to get away for a weekend together. It doesn’t have to be just a girlfriends trip (though it could be!). Have everyone who’s going over to your house before the trip to decide on things like budget, location, meals, activities, and transportation. If you need more than one night to get together and plan, it gives you more chances to get together and everyone can take a turn hosting so it’s not always on you. By the time the trip arrives, you’ll all be so comfortable together that you’ll be able to really relax and enjoy your trip.
How do you keep the connection between your friends alive and well?