Why Keep in Touch With Your Friends? Because They’re the #BestMedicine Around!

I don’t know what you do when you’ve had a rough week, but there’s one thing that always brings a smile to my face no matter what’s going on: calling one of my friends. Human interaction and kindness makes you feel better, and for me, friends are the #bestmedicine.

I’m from a town of about 2,500 people and have had the same group of friends since preschool. We keep in touch and see each other multiple times a year, despite the fact that none of us live within driving distance of each other. People are often shocked to learn we’re still so close, but thanks to a few simple tricks, it hasn’t been that hard.

Here’s why friends are the #bestmedicine — and how to keep in touch with yours.

3 Reasons Friends Are Awesome

  1. They get you. Sometimes, the toughest part of going through a rough patch is feeling like there’s no one you can talk to. When your family, partner, or co-workers don’t get it, you can be sure your friends probably do. Even if they don’t understand what you’re going through, they understand you — and sometimes that’s all you need.
  2. They make you laugh. Studies have shown that laughter releases endorphins, and there’s probably no one who can make you laugh like your friends do. When you’re down, taking a few minutes to chat with a friend and relive inside jokes or “that crazy night out” can make a world of difference.
  3. They remind you to look at the big picture. Your friends offer an important outside perspective. If you’re getting worked up over something that ultimately doesn’t matter, they’ll either tell you or just remind you of all the things going right in your life.

How to Keep in Touch With Your Friends

My best friends live all over the place: From Alaska to London, we span 11 different time zones and as many cities. Keeping in touch takes effort, but it’s so worth it! Here are a few strategies that have helped us stay close for the past 25 years:

  • Send snail mail. Emails are fun and quick, but sending a card in this day and age truly shows you care.
  • Schedule calls. Everyone’s busy, so schedule your phone calls via text or email, just like you would any other meeting. Even better, try to use FaceTime or Skype so you can see each other.
  • Start snapping. It may sound absurd, but Snapchat is my favorite way to send and receive silly videos and photos, allowing quick and easy peeks into each other’s day-to-days. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!
  • Hold an annual reunion. Rent a house in a central location and spend the weekend catching up. Your reunion doesn’t have to be anything fancy; all that matters is you’re together.

If you make sure to take care of your friends, then they’ll take care of you.

What’s your #bestmedicine when you’re having a tough time? Let us know on Twitter!

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