Okay, this isn’t friends with benefits, it’s the benefits of friends. Just to clear that up from the get-go.
1. Friends help with big projects: with all the tasks on our to-do lists, friends step up for the big ones. Moving? You know your real friends will be there to help.
2. Making memories: the only thing that can’t get taken away is our memories. How many of us agree that our best memories are with our friends. We don’t necessarily need to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, just hanging out. It’s free, fun and lasts a lifetime.
3. Honest opinions: Remember when you got a little too close to a project and you lost all perspective. Then your friend stepped in and kept you from doing something stupid. Yeah, we need a second set of eyes every now and then.
4. A trusted resource: New experiences go smoother when chartered by a friend’s experience. A new doctor, pre-school, restaurant – whatever we are embarking on. With the advice of a friend we can make decisions confidently and not waste time and money.
5. Free therapy: Sometimes life sucks. Friends know how to help and what to say. They can get us back on course; remind us of the positive.
6. Looking out for you: When I think about it, some of the biggest things in my life were friend referrals. My house for instance was discovered by a friend whose co-worker was selling it. We cannot be everywhere at once, that’s why it’s great to know that our friends can be on the lookout for us.
7. Sharing is caring: How often do you call a friend to borrow their high powered stud finder, or garden tiller. It’s nice to know you have a resource pool within your group of friends. My friend who is a garden enthusiast bought garden netting in bulk. He’s going to cut me a few yards for my strawberries. I love that friends have shared interests and therefore can share supplies. It makes life so much easier.
What do you and your friends share?