Holistic Happiness Series: Get By With a Little Help from Your Friends

"Community" is a buzz word and it's probably because studies are finding that the happiest people have strong relationships and spend time with friends (FB stalking doesn't count, unfortunately). It's easy to get caught up and realize you haven't talked to your bestie in weeks, so give these tips a whirl and report back!

Phone a Friend

Social media makes it feel like you're totally caught up on your friends' lives, but we all know what we show on social isn't always the whole picture. Try scheduling monthly calls (or even better, Facetime) with the people who are most important to you, so you can have some #realtalk...not text messages. It will make you feel deeply connected and supported, giving a boost to your mental state. Plus, it can be a good reminder of what is truly important in life. #blessed

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Dinner Parties

In his TedxNashville presentation, clinical psychologist, Dr. Jerome Burt, went so far to say that dinner parties can save lives. The gist of this idea is that people are disconnected, and we wear the word 'busy' like a badge of honor. However, this busyness gets in the way of loving and belonging, which are essential to our happiness. Dr. Burt's take - "you're born wanting two things: food and belonging," and breaking bread fulfills both. A little wine can't hurt either.

Find Your Peeps

We love connecting with friends from all walks of life (obvi, we wrote a whole email about it). But, don't be afraid to look outside of your squad for another source of support and inspiration. There are lots of organized groups and events that are centered around a specific theme - new parents, life transitions, new to the city, etc. Meetup, local fitness studio calendars, and Eventbrite are all great places to look. And of course awesome pop up events from yours truly that will be coming soon!

Note of Gratitude - People

Keeping a gratitude journal is a powerful tool, but we understand if it's just one more thing filling up your to-do list. Instead, try grabbing whatever's close by and jotting down the names of two people for whom you're thankful to know. Recall a couple specific memories and the feelings you have (or had) when together. It should give you some happy feels, and if you haven't talked to them in a while, see tip #1 above.

These tips aren't meant to be a slam-dunk for everyone, but we hope they can give you some achievable ideas of how to inject a few more smiles into your day, and even promote long-term wellbeing. We are so grateful for this new Happy Hour community, and can't thank you enough for joining us on this journey!