If you’re like a majority of American adults today, you may feel like it’s difficult to make friends. We all have competing priorities and often it seems that friendship takes a back seat to other interests. From a detailed survey on friendships from the Survey Center on American Life in 2021, compared to results 30+ years ago in 1990, “Americans report having fewer close friendships than they once did, talking to their friends less often, and relying less on their friends for personal support.”
In my conversation with Jenna, we take a big picture look at what it looks like to cultivate friendships as an adult. We talk about answers to all of the big questions: the who, what, when, where, why, and how. As you listen to this episode, I invite you to consider what the state of friendships are in your life. Why are they important to you? Is there anything different that you want to happen with your friendships? And what is keeping you from getting there?
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NYT: How to make, and keep, friends as an adult
The State of American Friendship: Change, Challenges, and Loss. Findings from the May 2021 American Perspectives Survey
Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health (Mayo Clinic)