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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Keep in touch with your Friends

Keep in touch with your Friends
Keep in touch with your Friends
 When friends move away, it's hard to keep in touch with them. You both get busy with your separate lives and don't have the time to catch up with each other. Nonetheless, it's important to keep in touch with friends.Here are some ideas for keeping in touch with your buds. 

     Phone Call                
 Simply pick up the phone and call whenever you can - it doesn't have to be a long phone call. Just a quick 5 minute call can get you caught up with your pal, and he or she will know you were thinking of them. Let her know that you want to know what's going on with her. They're probably interested to hear about what your up to, too!
Make a commitment to call each of your friends at least once a month. If it's helpful, mark your calendar. After you've spoken with a friend, note on your calendar the day you spoke to them. Next month, when you feel like it's been forever since you spoke to that person, you'll know immediately how long ago it actually was.

     Remember birthdays 

 Keep track of your close friends' birthdays, and commit to at least sending them a birthday card, if not an actual birthday phone call. Even better: send flowers or a surprise through the mail.

     Update your address book 

  Update your address book with current addresses and phone numbers regularly. When it comes time to make calls or send out holiday cards, you'll be able to immediately reach your friends.

     Email or chat online 

  Take advantage of e-mail. Quick and accessible, e-mail is a great way to send a quick note to a friend. In addition, it's a wonderful way to make lunch plans or get the details of an upcoming weekend trip.
  Make sure you both have e-mail addresses, and you're all set! Homemade letters can easily get lost on the way, get torn, or just get boring. E-mailing your pals is a great and helpful way to stay in touch with each other. Use instant messengers such as MSN or AIM to your advantage, by talking to all your pals at once! Whenever you switch on the computer, be sure to check your in-box of updates!

Mark the moments you wish you could be there 

  Mark the moments you wish you could be there for friends, even when you physically cannot. If you miss a wedding or a friend is a new parent, send a note or thoughtful gift to wish them the best.

Write letters. It's fun to get mail, and sometimes letters can be a great way to let your pal know what's going on with you. Not sure where to start? It's easy! Tell them how much you miss them, and then tell them all about what's going on in your life. Don't be afraid of being boring...if they know exactly what's up, they'll feel closer to you. Some people find it hard to write letters - it's a lot different than talking! Just write as though you're talking to your friend. Use phrases that you say a lot. Do you say "like" pretty much like, every second word? Then use that when you're writing! It's easy once you get going. Finish your letter off with smiley faces, drawings, x's and o's...whatever seems suitable.

Send cards. Hallmark cards are easily accessible, and it's a non-time-consuming way to let your bud know your thinking about them. Pick something that you think will make them laugh, or one with heartfelt sentiments that describe your friendship. Hallmark's line of musical cards - they sing when you open them! - are sure to bring a smile. Then just sign your name, add a quick message, and send it off!

Send gifts in the mail! Baking, books, magnets, bookmarks, jewelry, games, pictures and videos of you and your family and friends...anything goes! Sometimes the littlest things can show that you care the most - just inexpensive trinkets that show that you're thinking of your friend!

Plan annual get together 

  Whether it's yourself and a best friends or a circle of friends who are now scattered across the country, make it a point to make regular plans for time that you can spend together. You can make it for spouses and children, if they exist, or simply have a weekend together.


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