Having strong social ties is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness. Make time for the people who are important to you. Send a photo or a note, pick up the phone, plan a lunch, invite friends over — you’ll be glad you did.
“Of all the things that wisdom provides to help one love one’s entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship.” — Epicurus
Remember birthdays. Sending out birthday e-mails or letters ensure that you’ll be in touch with a friend at least once a year.
Find something to laugh about! Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, it may also boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your life, whether it’s through friends or even a funny movie.
It can be oddly satisfying to make lists: your top one hundred favorite movies, your favorite places to eat a burger, every place you’ve traveled in your life, your favorite words, your favorite quotations … whatever catches your fancy. Once you’ve made them, share them with your friends. They can be a great way to spark conversation.