I recently made a trip back to my hometown in Michigan to reconnect to my high school girlfriends.  We met up for dinner and spent the next three hours laughing, reminiscing and nurturing our authentic friendship.   They have a special way of making the years melt away and super charge my state of well-being.

Research shows that relationships and a sense of community lead to a healthy and fulfilling life.   True friends strengthen one another, and essential on life’s journey.  Building and maintaining authentic friendships requires some intentional action.  Consider the state of your friendships and create your own personal action steps:

1.  Make a list of the friends who nurture you.   Which of their traits serve you well?

2.  Call a friend who treats you like you are a really good and bright person who can accomplish things.   This support is critical as you undertake new things.

3.  Reach out and do something friendly for a person who is already a good friend or someone with whom you want to develop a stronger friendship.

4.  Reach out to an old friend.  As one of my high girl friends advise, “there are more memories to create.”

5.  Host something fun.  Make the first move, find something to celebrate, and invite an old and new friend.

My challenge to you:  Make a decision to create and maintain authentic relationships.  What actions will you take and when will you take them.  If not now, when?

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.  “Pooh,” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
‘Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw.  ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.” 
–A. A. Milne