6 Fun Ideas For Connecting With Your Besties

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Apr. 10 2024, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Socializing over 30 isn’t quite what it used to be. In our 20s, it seemed easy to find time in our crazy schedules to hang out with our friends, see a movie, have a few drinks, or enjoy bottomless mimosas on a regular basis. 

But life happens, and suddenly, there are different priorities. These connections can easily lose their luster over time when they’re not properly nurtured. We may even find ourselves feeling a bit lost or isolated without those authentic human connections. 

Maintaining strong ties to our best friends isn’t just good for our mental health, and there are actual long-term physical health benefits tied to friendships. 

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According to Mayo Clinic, “Adults with strong social connections have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure, and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). In fact, studies have found that older adults who have meaningful relationships and social support are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections.” 

Let’s face it—you owe it to your future self to have fulfilling and healthy friendships now so you can live a longer and healthier life! Check out these 6 fun and fabulous activities, perfect for catching up and reconnecting with your busy friend group.

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1. DIY Craft Night

Take turns hosting a DIY craft night where you can unleash your creativity together (with food and wine, of course). Choose a craft project like custom sneaker painting, homemade massage candles, or DIY scented body scrubs. No one’s expecting you to be Bob Ross – just uncork the bottle(s) and let the wine and catch-up conversations flow.

2. Escape Room Challenge

You and your crew are locked in a room filled with mind-bending puzzles and tricky clues. Your mission? Break out before time runs out! It’s like being in your own action-packed movie, where every twist and turn brings you closer together. Plus, it’s a chance to escape (pun intended) from all the screens, share loads of laughs, and make some new and lasting memories.

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3. Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Turn your place into the ultimate detective’s den, with everyone decked out in character and ready to solve an exciting whodunit. You’ll laugh, you’ll strategize, and you’ll channel your inner Sherlock Holmes as you all try to crack the case together. With good food and great company, it’s a unique and fun way to spend an evening together while unraveling your very own “First 48.” Plus, it’s the perfect recipe for an unforgettable night of bonding and sleuthing.

4. Group Charity Event

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Whether it’s a charity mud run, a bake sale, or a community cleanup, you can rally together, have a blast, and make a difference all at once. Plus, it’s a chance to flex your teamwork muscles and create some epic squad memories in the process. You’ll not only bring your besties closer together but also spread some seriously good vibes in the community as well.

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5. Graffiti Or Street Art Tour

From vibrant murals to mind-blowing graffiti tags, you’ll soak up the creativity and culture of your city while catching up and cracking jokes like old times. A feast for the eyes, a dose of inspiration, and the perfect excuse to bond over your shared love for art and adventure. You’ll be like urban explorers, uncovering hidden gems and Instagram-worthy masterpieces around every corner. Turn your next hangout into a street art extravaganza.

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6. Unplug And Connect Retreat

Plan a day or weekend retreat where you unplug from technology and focus on connecting with each other. We’re talking about a getaway with no texts, no emails, no Snaps, stories, or Threads. Just good old-fashioned quality time together. Hike through nature, swap stories by the campfire, and maybe even try your hand at some meditation or yoga. It’s a chance to recharge your batteries, take a breather from the screens, and indulge in some real-life interfacing.

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By: Carri Helman

Carri is a recovering long-term corporate employee turned freelance copywriter. Although she earned a degree in business and spent almost 20 years in automotive manufacturing and quality engineering, she knew the 9-to-5 corporate grind wasn’t her final destination and launched her copywriting business in 2021. Carri is also a multiple myeloma care partner and advocate, working closely with global organizations and pharmaceutical companies like the International Myeloma Foundation and Pfizer. She is also the content manager and editorial director for the nonprofit Health, Hope, 𝄞 Hip-Hop, which focuses on health equity in underserved communities.

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