Your closest friends are a huge part of your life. They show up with chocolate and your favorite movie after a rough day, stand up beside you at your wedding, and give you a loving dose of reality when you need a pep talk. That’s why, on October 19, we celebrate National New Friends Day. This holiday is all about making room for new connections in your life, and celebrating the potential for friendship everywhere you go. Research has found time and time again that strong social support is a key to living your happiest, most fulfilled life. So get out there and add some new friends to your docket!
National New Friends Day Activities
1. Get to know an acquaintance better
If there’s someone you’ve always wanted to get to know better, now is the time to go for it. Maybe it’s someone you always run into at the local cafe, or a coworker you always thought you’d get along great with. Celebrate New Friends Day by inviting them to spend more time together or asking them a bit more about themselves.
2. Make sure your current friendships are healthy and happy
Today is a great day to take stock of the current friendships in your life. Make sure that all of your friendships are mutually beneficial, and that you genuinely care about each other. Are you being a good friend to the people closest to you? Are they doing the same for you? If you’ve got any toxic friends in your life, now is the time to consider trying to resolve those issues or peacefully ending the friendship. It’s not easy, but it makes room for new friendships that are more fulfilling.
3. Attend a local event you’ve never been to before
One of the best ways to make new friends is to get involved in local activities. Join a community volunteer group or a meet-up focused on a hobby you’re passionate about. Showing up to your first meeting might be intimidating, but it’s the first step to making new friends with people who share some of your passions. It’s absolutely worth it!
Why We Love National New Friends Day
A. Friendship makes us happier
Friendship makes us feel included. When we are surrounded by close friends, we feel like we’re being seen, and that we matter. So many of the reasons people struggle in life can be tied back to feeling lonely and longing for more friends. Forging new friendships can help us combat some of the most common culprits of unhappiness. Of course, friendship is reciprocal—your new bond can enrich your new friend’s life just as much as your own.
B. Our friends are a reflection of who we are
According to famed motivational speaker Jim Rohn, we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. If your friends are kind, hardworking, and motivated people, you’re more likely to have those traits as well. Talk about motivation for bringing great people into your life!
C. New friends expand our horizons
There are so many exciting paths to take in life that are different from our own. Sometimes, the only way we’ll learn about all the exciting hobbies, thoughts, or beliefs in this world is through watching a friend explore them. Making friends with people from different walks of life is a great way to better understand the world around you and to grow as a person.