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Friends are the people we know and trust. They give us a sense of belonging. Someone to share in our joy and accomplishments. A support system to help us deal with the challenges of life.
Having a social support network can have a very powerful influence on a person’s satisfaction with life. This can be especially true for people experiencing a time of significant change or adjustment, like those of us who have recently retired, relocated or suffered a loss.
Making new friends isn’t always easy, but it is usually worth the effort. Taking that first step to reach out to another person can bring tremendous rewards. In fact, studies have shown that people who experience companionship are often healthier and may actually live longer than those who remain isolated.
Life’s path is full of opportunities to connect with new people. Attending a club meeting. Standing in line. Taking a walk. Sitting outside enjoying the sunshine.
You are never too old to make a new friend. Next time you come across someone you’d like to meet, try smiling and saying hello. You might be very glad you did!