Ralph Waldo Emerson said “go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” That is a very poetic reminder not to take our friends and companions for granted.
Our social life is important to our mental health. Our identity is partly formed by our relationships with others. Without regular and positive social contact, we run the risk of anxiety, loss of social skills and general depression.
Friends – real friends, not the online virtual variety – give us balance and energy. They’re our sounding boards in times of trouble, our reality check in times of ego, and stalwarts in times of confusion. And, of course, good friends make us laugh and see the lighter side of life.
Action – When was the last time you went out with a close friend? Make a date with a friend for coffee, dinner or some other activity you both enjoy.
Go, have some fun and beat down the path to their house!