Day 5 Journal Exercise: Give Thanks for Friends Old and New, Near and Far

Think of the people whom you consider your best friends. Write down their names. What has earned them this title for you?

Did you face something difficult together?

Did you come through for them, or they for you, in a time of need?

Think of some dear friends, and what it is about them that draws you to them? Do they make you smile and laugh? Do they have a special understanding of, and acceptance for, who you are as a person?

Write down why your dearest friends are so special to you.

If you've felt yourself drifting from your closest friends recently, ask why this might be happening.

Are you both bogged down with schedules and to-do lists?

Do seem to be losing common interests and common ground for conversation?

Consider all the things you have to be thankful for this person. Make plans to get together!

Now, let's give thanks for people we know who have the potential to become friends, or even good friends.

Write down their name(s). What is it about this person or persons that makes you want to become closer as friends?

If something has stopped you from getting to know each other even though you wanted to, what was it?

Can you move past that obstacle, reach out to them, and kindle a friendship?

If this seems overwhelming, think of ways to start small, and get to know this person better. Write down some activities that you can invite them to. Do you have other friends they might get along with?

Bringing good people together is another excellent reason to give thanks for the joy of friendship!