Another Valentine’s day has come and gone, and if you are not in a relationship, you probably go about ignoring this romantic holiday in general. However, we tend to forget Valentine’s day is not only for lovers but friends as well, and that you can take advantage of this special day to celebrate and nurture your friendships rather than disregard the true meaning of the holiday. If you did not use this day to spend time with your friends, don’t worry, there are other ways in which you can nurture your friendships year-round.
With all the electronic messaging happening right now, receiving a handwritten note or letter holds more weight than what people realize. Due to the scarcity of letters and the fact that it takes time to write and mail it, someone in your friend group is bound to appreciate your thoughtful gesture. Moreover, if you find that your friendships enjoy receiving these letters and even go as far as to respond with a letter of their own, you can begin a meaningful tradition with them by communicating via a handwritten medium rather than through online messaging.
Although many people think a stay at home movie session has to be grounded upon romantic intentions, movie nights are not only for you and your partner. Stay connected with your friendships by inviting them to a movie night at home. Ask your guests to bring a snack to share. If your friends are film enthusiasts, go as far as to plan a movie marathon. Either watch all of the movies in one committed night or scatter them throughout a week or month to make this time with friends even more meaningful.
Just like family vacations and marriage trips are used to escape your ordinary routine to bring a little zest and relaxation to your family or partner dynamic, so do group vacations. If you feel like you don’t have time to bond with and nurture your friendships on a day to day basis, think about becoming a little more intentional in seeking the well-being of your relationships with friends by planning a group trip. Head to the mountains, the beach or a historic city as a group and spend the time with friends that you haven’t been able to back home. Take advantage of the escapist nature of travel to put responsibilities back home on pause and give your total focus to having good and pure fun with your friends.
The time after Valentine’s day is perfect to reflect about your friendships and to remind yourself that, like any other relationship, your dynamic with a friend needs constant nurturing and attention to increase its longevity. Although not easy, investing your time and attention towards your friends will only help you strengthen your dynamic. Keep these ideas in mind to build friendships that will last a lifetime.