Begin Each Day With A Dose Of Happiness

Daily dose of happiness

On a recent Saturday morning, at a lovely brunch, my place card and my oldest friend’s card were next to each other. We have been friends since we were in grade school. As I stared at the two names on the cards I thought… I have my musings for my next story, a dose of daily happiness.

Most mornings, I watch the sunrise in the East as I sip freshly brewed coffee, as I am “journaling” on my laptop. As a new day dawns, I write very early each day. I derive great joy from taking my pup, America, on a morning walk. I find happiness in sharing a healthy breakfast with my ultimate concierge, Shelly. But there is more… you may not know the following:

Phone a friend

I make a ‘phone call’ to a very close ‘old’ friend. The sunrise, my coffee, my phone and the voice on the other end of the line is my first dose of happiness each day. What better way is there to start your day than sharing intimate feelings over the phone with a best friend?

I HOPE YOU NOTICED, DARLINGS, I SAID A PHONE CALL. Starting your day with a ‘phone call’ must be, just that. Social media, where there is no intimate interaction, is not the same.  

I have a feeling most of you reach for your iPhone to email and text. I bet you Facebook and Messenger too. You are in a hurry. You dash off an email or text to an old friend:

“Let’s have lunch and catch up. We have not talked in ages. When are you available?”

Let’s be honest with ourselves, everyone has a need for emotional connections. You know this only occurs through verbal interaction. Sharing your private feelings with an old girlfriend is the ‘cat’s meow.’

We share joys, fears, wish lists, problems and ask for advice on all subjects from where did you buy your new bras to a simple and succinct “I need help.” We laugh, get angry and always forgive and make up. We are always honest with one another because our friendship goes back to our youth.

Daily dose of happiness

Why life-long girlfriends make me happy

Sitting next to Gail at brunch made me feel like the luckiest gal in the room. As I picked at my boring egg white vegetable omelet, I thought about my other old friendships. Would you believe some of my dearest girlfriends reunited with me because of They found me online by accident.

We picked up where we left off. They live in cities across America from North to South, from East to West. I have also had the joy of reconnecting with a few girlfriends from Kankakee by the Sea.

Now that you have read my musings, don’t you agree you should get into the habit of beginning your day with making a phone call to an old girlfriend for a daily dose of happiness?

Wouldn’t it give you lighthearted pleasure to reconnect with girlfriends from your past? You can do this over Skype or Facetime or make a good old fashioned phone call.

Consider reconnecting with friends from the past

For me, the benefits were simple…

 I felt a strong feeling of happiness.

I was reminded of the little girl and the young woman I was, and understand why I am the ‘me’ I became.

It was enlightening discussing…

 Memories of our youth and long forgotten stories.

 The paths our lives have taken us through our circumstances and choices.

And, there is an intimacy you cannot have with other friends because there is no memory of the younger ‘you.’

Daily dose of happiness

More and more research suggests that our social circles keep us mentally well. So, I feel keeping our old friendships alive by staying connected or reconnecting with old friends is, as I said, ‘the cat’s meow.’ I will add one more comment…: once we find friendships like these we should make every effort not to allow the relationship to slip away. Pick up your phone, dial that number and start your day with a dose of happiness.

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  1. I am leaving my “nest” of family and long-time friends to go with hubby on a winter vacation to LaQuinta, Ca. for a 6 week golfing vacation. His first get away since retirement. He deserves it and I am so happy for him but what is a non-golfing wife to do? I don’t know a soul!

    1. You will have to get out and about. There are many activities in La Quinta. You can join a gym, there is a wonderful library, there are hiking groups on all levels, I would get an activity brochure on day and nightlife in the desert.The key point is you will have to make the effort. Warmly, Honey

  2. Facebook brought my girl friend and I back together after 40 years. We were friends in our 20s but life took us in different directions and we lost touch. (The world was a much bigger place before cell phones and the internet). Both widowed now , we rekindled our friendship like it was yesterday. A true blessing.

  3. Thank you for this. Since moving to California from Utah some 27 years ago, I used to connect with my oldest California friend on a regular basis…but that fell off the radar some years ago. I’m going to call her and insist we begin where we left off.

    1. Oh! Thank you for joining me on Honey Good. Learn to enjoy they ‘you in you.’ Keep writing in and we will communicate. Warmly, Honey

  4. I agree that long time girlfriends are a treasure. My girlfriend of over 40 years just called me this morning. I said “you got my vibe didn’t you” because I was just thinking of calling her. We live in different states, but always keep in touch. We are connect at the heart.

    1. Our friends from years past are the best friends. We share our history and that bonds us further. I keep in touch with my oldest friends. We met when I was 6 and she was 8! She is my best friend. Warmly, Honey

  5. I have one “old friend” I met 30 years ago. We can still talk up a storm even if we haven’t talked for awhile. We laugh easily together and I think of her as a sister. We always say “I love you” at the end.

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