How to make a bestie

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - HEALTH -

1 On­line and re­al­ity

Jo­ce­lyn Brewer says there are def­i­nite ben­e­fits to so­cial me­dia friend­ships, but real-world con­nec­tions re­main the gold stan­dard. “So­cial me­dia can help find con­nec­tions when ge­og­ra­phy or other fac­tors make it dif­fi­cult. But so­cial me­dia shar­ing can negate the need to com­mu­ni­cate in real life. To form a deeper con­nec­tion, take the re­la­tion­ship into the real world.”

2 Stir­ring stuff

Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is not just good for the body, it’s great for the soul. And we do bet­ter when we have friends around to spur us on. It doesn’t have to be com­pli­cated – a brisk stroll in the lunch hour with a work­mate, a scenic walk on the week­end. Check out the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer at the lo­cal swim­ming pool, sports club or com­mu­nity cen­tre: great places to wi­den your so­cial cir­cle.

3 Good causes

Be­ing in­volved in a group that meets reg­u­larly for a com­mon pur­pose can lead to firm friend­ships. Think about join­ing the school PTA or a char­ity sup­port group, such as Hos­pice – you’ll meet peo­ple and have the feel-good bonus of help­ing oth­ers.

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