Ways To Be A Better Friend While Juggling With Other Priorities In Life

As you grow older, spending time with your friends will become lesser as other responsibilities and priorities in life set in.

While we can be so caught up with life, Irene S. Levine, PhD psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and producer of The Friendship Blog, said “They [Friendship] provide concrete and intangible support to make these busy years easier and more enjoyable”.

Fast Company has came up with a list of ways we can be better friends even when we are busy.

Big get-togethers can be easier to prioritize than smaller ones.

Take time to block off a time of the year in advance so that everyone can set aside and plan for the meet up. Jane Theriault, assistant professor of psychology gets together with her former sorority sisters annually, which involve husbands, kids and boyfriends too, this tightens the ties, and reduces the guilt of running off to meet your friends.

Practice little, random acts of kindness.

A handwritten card, a loaf of freshly baked bread from the bakery is a nice gesture to say “I’m thinking of you”, and everyone appreciates gift, especially if they are given without reasons.

Double-up or multitask your schedule.

Helena Weiss-Duman, who works for UC Berkeley, spends time with a group of friends in San Francisco area for dinner once a month, but in between she aims to “hit a double or triple”, which involve multitasking. For example, when you are running an errand, or trying a new exercise class, invite a friend along. She also asks her friends to join her at the university cafeteria on days when she gets more flexibility.

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