In this article in the New York Times, the author writes: “The true benefits of friendship are immeasurable. Friends make our lives better and studies show that friendship has a bigger impact on our physical and psychological wellbeing than family relationships.”

This week the writing prompts/thought questions are about friendship:

“A friendship is a relationship between two people where they both feel seen in a safe and satisfying way.” Shasta Nelson

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” Thomas Aquinas

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” Khalil Gibran

1.    Ralph Waldo Emerson said “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” Tell me a story that is inspired by this quote – or pick one of the quotes above and use that as inspiration.

2.    As we age, our friend groups can change. How do you go about making new friends. What strategies have worked well for you?

3.    What’s the craziest experience you’ve ever shared with your friends?

4.    What do you look for in a good friend? How many of these qualities do you possess yourself?

5.    Are your friends similar or different from you? Do you believe that friends must have similar interests or does that not matter? How about shared moral values?

6.    What have been the most important and valued friendships of your life? What specifically do you value most in friendship?

7.    What do you want most from your friendships? What are you prepared to give for a friendship?

8.    Write about the most important friends in your life. Tell a story of one particular fun or meaningful adventure with a friend.

Happy Writing.


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