The Importance of Connecting with Old Friends
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The impact of reaching out
Why social connections are important
- Chronic illness
- Sensory impairments
- Loss of family
- Loss of friends
- Living alone
- If you’re unsure how to reconnect with old friends, one way might be to gather a few people you’d like to try this with first instead of trying to accomplish it with a long list of people at once. Some tips:
- Select people to contact that you were on good terms with during your friendship, and that you still interact with via social media or occasional letters or cards.
- Leave off your list the relationships that had a lot of drama or negative feelings. Stirring those up won’t make either of you feel good.
- Reach out via email or give them a call if you have their number. If they don’t pick up, leave a short but friendly message letting them know you were thinking about them.
- Think about what your expectations are for reconnecting with this old friend. Do you hope it will be a casual friendship or a deeper relationship?
- Mentally prepare yourself for someone not responding to you. And have another few old friends on a list to reach out to in case that happens, or if you’re ready to widen your circle even more.