Come Together During Old Friends, New Friends Week

May 10th, 2011

How long has it been since you’ve seen your old friends? Have you kept in touch with visits, calls, email or through social networks? Or have your cherished friendships slowly faded away?

What about your new friends? Do you spend time together? Or are you new friendships in danger of becoming nothing more than a memory?

May 15 – 20 is Old Friends, New Friends Week. It’s a time to rebuild relationships, strengthen friendships and make sure you’re not neglecting the important people in your life.

Reconnect With Old Friends

It happens to all of us. We can lose touch with anyone, even our closest friends, over time. Our schedules are just so hectic. The days fly by. Pretty soon we’re wondering where the time has gone. And it’s been ages since we’ve seen people we care about.

This May, reach out to your old friends. Make time to get together, or catch up with a long phone call. Exchange current email addresses, find each other on social networks and rebuild the connection you’ve always shared.

Build Up New Friendships

New friendships need nurturing. Take some time during May 15 – 21 to get together with your new friends. Go to dinner, enjoy a cup of coffee together or share a fun night out.

Use this week as an opportunity to get to know people a little better.

Benefits Of Friendship


Our friends are more than just people we see once in a while. They are partners who help guide us down the path of life. Friends are the support group we don’t always know we need – until we really need them.

A friend is someone who listens and genuinely cares what you have to say. Someone you care about and listen to. Friends are an essential part of life. Our friends share their strength and support with us. They make us feel better, and that actually helps improve our health.

We need our friends. Just as much as they need us.

Celebrate Old Friends, New Friends Week

Dr. Jan Yager is an award-winning author, sociologist, speaker, and the founder of Old Friends, New Friends Week. She coined the term “Friendshifts” to explain how relationships change over the years. As we get older, our priorities shift. We enter new stages of our lives. Some friendships become more prominent. Others are put on hold.
Celebrate Old Friends, New Friends Week by reaching out to people from your past. Call your former classmates, colleagues, military buddies and anyone else who once played an important role in your life. But don’t forget about your new friends. Take some time to cultivate the fresh friendships in your life.

Friendship Takes Effort

We don’t usually think of friendship as work – but it does take effort. Life is busy. It’s difficult to keep up with everyone you care about. But if you’re willing to make the time, you can restore and rebuild old friendships.

Friendship does take effort. And it’s always worth it.

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