A thousand Instagram likes don’t equal the wellness boost of one friendly hug.
In our fast-paced world of glamourized busyness, social media fixation, and convenience without human contact, there’s nothing like putting down our devices and turning to those few special people who fill our cups, light us up, and embolden us to be our best selves—that is, our closest women friends.
Make the most of the precious time you have together and plan dates that will heal your body, nourish your spirit, and fuel your desire for personal growth.
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Acts of Friendship presents 47 activities for you and your friends to connect with each other and help one another change your lives in ways you never expected because...
You need a friend to tell you that you’re exceptional or to applaud you when you explore a hidden talent;
Only a friend can remind you to slow down or nudge you to expand your concept of who you are;
Meaningful, fun Acts of Friendship such as Take Your Cue (where you connect the dots to a better life…see Acts of Friendship excerpt below), A Friendly Q&A (where you learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about each other), Let’s Go Retro (where you time travel with your friends) and more, will energize, inspire, and rejuvenate you so that, together, you grow.
Quality relationships help us live stronger and longer, and the science backs this up. Authors and friends Lynne Everatt, Deb Mangolt, and Julie Smethurst looked to the research on what makes a happy, fulfilling life and designed each act of friendship accordingly. From giving to forgiving, being mindful to being active, finding joy to losing grudges, playing to journaling, gratitude to meditation, loving yourself to loving your friends, learning new things to learning new perspectives and new ways of life, these tested and true activities will generate laughter, inspiration, and expanded horizons. Try them out with your friends and experience the benefits of one of the world’s greatest healers: connection.
In a lifetime, you make 396 friends, but only 1 out of 12 friendships lasts.
Lynne Everatt is a recovering MBA, LinkedIn Top Voice in management and culture and ardent advocate for wellness. Her previous books include The 5-Minute Recharge and Emails from the Edge, the latter of which was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. An evangelist for mental health through physical fitness, she’s a certified personal trainer who has completed two sweaty half-marathons and a marathon six minutes and twenty-three seconds of stand-up at the Absolute Comedy Club, the ultimate introvert wellness experience. Lynne served for three years as President of the Board of Directors of the women’s shelter Interim Place where she met the co-author of The 5-Minute Recharge, Addie Greco-Sanchez. She met Acts of Friendship co-authors Deb Mangolt and Julie Smethurst when they worked together in finance at a multinational pharma company. When she’s not busy writing with her friends, Lynne enjoys listening to an eclectic selection of music, dancing, and working out, often all at the same time.
Deb Mangolt is a former Fortune 500 finance director who reinvented herself to better express her strengths. An event planner, life coach, dance fitness instructor, and a cherished friend to many, Deb inspires others to become the best versions of who they are. As a pre-teen, Deb created her first event—a nursery school designed to entertain and educate neighborhood children. Since then, Deb’s passion to help people connect on a personal level and enrich their lives keep her in demand for family and friendship outings. She also enjoys golfing, dancing, jogging, and bike-riding. Deb and her husband follow the sun, splitting their time between southwest Florida and Lake Muskoka in Ontario.
Julie Smethurst loves her life devoted to family and her passions, and strives to make a difference through the work she does. But this hasn’t always been the case. After obtaining her CPA, Julie spent two decades climbing the corporate ladder only to discover her life was out of balance. With a deep longing to live a life true to herself, she looked to friends Lynne and Deb to help her transform. Julie chucked her full-time job, adapted her ways of working, created dedicated family time, and pursued her desires to learn to fly, play tennis and golf. She even indulged her love of all things French by studying the language. She has a passion for healthy food and enjoys taking long walks and bike rides with her husband.
Together Julie, Lynne and Deb are on a mission to encourage women to discover new ways to raise each other up through friendship, just as they have discovered the best in themselves through each other.