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Mindful : August 2018
What do you do when you’re with friends? • “Watch TV at home after dinner.” • “Ride motorcycles with our Harley owners group.” • “Meet at one of our houses, have a big meal together, lots of snacks, and the kids go crazy. No matter the time of year, it ends with a bonfire.” • “Shopping and lunch.” • “We do as many things as possible. Friendships take time, and each event helps me learn more about my friends.” • “Talk and talk and talk.” • “Go for a walk or horseback ride.” • “Sometimes we do ceramics or go paddleboarding or see a movie.” • “Celebrate!” For the Love of Friends Answers from our reader survey on friendship What friendship dynamic do you appreciate the most? • “Being there for one another 24/7.” • “ We share a similar level of positivity.” • “ We have gone through many mile- stones together, so we can honestly confide in one another.” • “My friends help me to see the high road.” • “ We understand what makes each other tick.” If you have pets, do you consider them your friends? Do you consider your family members to be friends? Your friends to be family? NO, FAMILY DON’T COUNT AS friends, say 16% of respondents, while 60% say that some family members do belong in both categories. The remain- ing 24% consider their whole family to be friends. Meanwhile, 80% of readers think of non-related friends as part of their family—maybe even figuring larger than their kin relations. Do you have friends whom you’ve only met online? What do you see as the most valuable quality in a friend? THE RUNAWAY WINNER (38%) WAS a friend’s propensity for understand- ing. Next was 29% for trustworthi- ness, followed by 13% for compassion. Another 15% of the vote was divided between positivity, generosity, sense of humor, and sharing similar interests and passions. Finally, 5% of respondents named other qualities such as self-awareness and honesty. YES 76% NO 24% OCCASIONALLY, WHEN WE FEEL LIKE IT - 35% RARELY, WHICH MAKES ME SAD - 17.3% RARELY, AND I'M OK WITH IT - 6.6% 13% YES NO 87% How often do you spend leisure time with friends? 1-2 TIMES A WEEK - 34.5% MOST DAYS - 6 .6% 8 mindful August 2018 the mindful survey