As you age, the friends you’ve held close for years start to drift apart. This distance is because there are so many new life events. People move, get jobs, start families, and it gets much harder to stay in touch than it once was. Thankfully, there are things you can do to stay connected. Read on to see some easy ways to reconnect with friends and rekindle the friendships that never disappeared in the first place.
Host a Virtual Game Night
Hosting a virtual game night is a wonderful way to bring you and your friends together, even if you may not be as geographically close as you once were. There are plenty of chatting apps where you can all talk together. Also, plenty of games exist that you can play even when you’re not directly side-by-side. You can play fun games like Heads Up! or the Jackbox Party Pack, or you can even go for some classics from the Mario Kart or Mario Party series. The focus is less on the game itself and more on the fun you’ll have with your friends again, like when you were kids.
Throw a Hot Tub Party
One of the best ways to reconnect with close friends is to throw a summer hot tub party. Any party is great for bringing everyone together, but there’s something unique about a hot tub party you can’t find elsewhere. Even the biggest hot tubs aren’t incredibly large, so you can’t invite many people. Doing this may seem like a negative for many. However, it’s an excellent way to get at the heart of your friendship with the people you invite and eliminate any barriers. You have to talk to each other and listen, whereas a larger get-together can have people falling into the background and getting forgotten.
Make a Night of It
A terrific way to reconnect with old friends is to plan a little date night or something similar. For example, you and your partner can go on a double date with one of your old friends and their partner. A night like this is a great way to simultaneously have a date with your partner while doing something fun with your old friend. It also gives an excellent chance for both of you to reminisce about the past and discuss exciting things going on in the future. For example, going out to a movie and dinner is a beautiful way to have some built-in conversation and keep the night moving.
You can reconnect with friends who have become lost to time with these fun gatherings, but you must still be an active participant. You can’t throw a party or get together and not put in the effort required to keep up a conversation. Be involved in throwing the event, participate in the discussion, and listen to what’s happening. That’s the best way to reconnect with friends.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.