Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why it's important to spend time with friends and family

On Monday I had the pleasure of spending time with my friend Ann.  I love spending one on one time with her.  We have so much in common.  We both retired the same year from the same school district.  We actually met in college, lost contact with one another, and then discovered each other at a conference we attended and found out we worked in the same district. :)  It’s funny where life leads you. We also spend lots of couple time together as we are part of the same friends group. You see her and her husband Dave numerous times on our blog, we have traveled with them, we go to concerts with them, and out to dinner with them often.

We set up our "friend date" weeks ago and I wrote it immediately in my calendar.  Time with family and friends is precious to me so I make sure to schedule that time monthly.  We decided to spend our day on our bikes.  We road our hybrid bikes on the Paint Creek Trail into Lake Orion, lunched at Sagebrush Cantina, guacamole and margaritas, and walked around the town to look at stores.  We found a wonderful rustic store that sold signs, furniture, planks walls, and nick knacks.  We also found a second-hand store that had great merchandise.  I purchased a blue jean dress which was originally sold at the Black and White Store and a purse, and Ann picked up a purse as well.  We made plans to go back soon - friendship and shopping feed the soul.  We actually laughed about how much shopping we do now that we are retired. :)

Michigan has great biking and running trails!
Click to see their beautiful store :)

Could be a project with our wine corks- easy and provides a nice display and a conversation piece.  Wine corks are simply glued on wood and hung.

I would love to incorporate this wood wall in our house.  They custom stain the wood to match your color scheme and they install it too!
These maps are mounted on wood.  You can custom order any map of any size.  I will need to call them to see if they have a map of the world they can mount for our study.  

We biked 24 miles and worked up a sweat.  We ate and drank and conversed and laughed. We had a wonderful "friend date" and I look forward to many more!

I found this article that tells the importance of spending time with friends and family, thought you might enjoy it.

28 MAY 2015

Why It’s Important to Spend More Time with Friends and Family

While alone time is important for creativity and inspiration, spending quality time with friends and family is just as important.
Research shows that spending time with friends and family makes a big difference when it comes to happiness. Social time is especially important for happiness –even for introverts. Studies have proven that the amount of time spent with friends and family –goes a long way towards boosting happiness –even more so than an increased income!
As Harvard happiness expert, Daniel Gilbert explains: “We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.”
So while money can’t buy you happiness, spending time with the ones you love, is always a good investment!
Spending time with family is one of the best ways to create memorable experiences. Nothing can replace the time you spend with your family. This is especially true if you have children. With younger children, there’s a good chance that you already spend a lot of time with them, with older children and teenagers though, who may prefer to spend time with their friends, it can be more difficult to carve out family time.
If you don’t know where to start, consider starting small: dinner at the table, a board game in the evening. If games aren’t your family’s idea of a good time, try outside activities -perhaps a walk to the park. Even projects around the house can be a great way to get everyone involved and working towards a goal. Encourage your family to spend time together by looking out for opportunities to do things that everyone would be interested in. It may be a challenge at first, but soon it will become second nature.
As we get older, and life gets faster – the time we once had for our friends, seems to diminish. You might not notice it at first, but soon your coffee dates are being replaced by school meetings. Your carefree mornings are busy and rushed, and the phone calls you used to make daily to chat with your best friend are slowly turning into every other week (or month!) catch up calls. Fitting in time for friends is sadly one of the first things to go when life gets busy, and before you know it – you hardly know the person you used to call your best friend.
This fact is though, that while this is tragic, it’s also preventable! Spending time with friends is one of the few pleasures in life that can cost you very little, but reward you substantially. It is also proven to be one of the best ways to combat stress. Spending time with your friends can help melt away the cares of the world, and leave you a better person all around.
Carve out time for your friends, by scheduling it in. One way to do this successfully, is to find common goals you both might have, and spend your time together working on reaching those goals –accomplishing two things at the same time, and making it easier to find time to spend with friends. An example would be working out together, walking the pets together, trying new things together, or scheduling the kids’ play dates with each other. You could also look out for special occasions to spend time with each other –these events don’t have to be huge social events, it could be as simple as inviting friends over to watch the Super Bowl or having your spouse look after the kids so you can go out for coffee.
Spending more time with your friends and family is beneficial to your mental well-being, as well as your relationships. With friends and family your good times are better, and your sorrows are shared –so don’t overlook this important area in life!
by Whitney English | Oct 22, 2014 | Productivity & Time Management

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