It can be tough to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, especially if they live far away. But there are plenty of ways to make it happen, and most of them are pretty easy.
In this article, we will discuss the benefits of keeping in touch and provide nine tips on how to do it effectively.
The Benefits of Keeping in Touch
There are many benefits of keeping in touch. Studies have shown that having close, meaningful relationships is key to happiness and life satisfaction. Close friendships can help reduce stress and anxiety and can also improve your overall health. For example, people with strong social support systems tend to have lower blood pressure and longer lifespans.
Staying connected, even when you aren’t physically around those you care about, helps you feel a part of something bigger than yourself. It also prevents feelings of isolation and improves your overall mental well-being. The knowledge that you have friends and loved ones who care about you is very reassuring.
As we grow older it becomes increasingly more difficult to meet people and make new friends so it is important to keep in touch with the ones we already have.
Sadly, we often let our friendships slide. We get busy with work or school or kids and we don’t spend the time to keep in touch as we should. We think that we’ll call our best friend next week, but before we know it, months have gone by.
Fortunately, technology has made it a lot easier to connect with those you love. Talking on the phone, sending a text message, and connecting on social media are easy ways to keep in touch. Sharing news with friends and family can be as easy as a few clicks!
But, while technology has made staying in touch easier, it’s also important to remember the personal touch that makes relationships feel special. Here are nine tips for keeping in touch while putting in the necessary effort.
9 Tips for Keeping in Touch with a Personal Touch
Long-distance friendships have benefited from the rise of video-chatting technology like FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. With a video call, it’s like you’re in the same room as your friend, even if you’re thousands of miles apart.
The ability to see each others’ faces makes the conversation that much more enjoyable and personal. Moreover, being live on video shows your loved ones how important they are to you since you’re giving them your full, undivided attention.
Video calls can also be really fun. Here are some ideas for your next call: have a Netflix party to watch videos or movies together, play online games, enjoy a virtual dinner or go on a virtual walk. The options are endless!
Meet Up in Person.
Always choose to meet up whenever possible. If you live nearby, or if one of you is willing to travel, spend time together in person. This can be for lunch, coffee, dinner or just to hang out.
You can also schedule a weekend getaway – meet somewhere halfway with your long-distance friends – as a fun way to catch up on each other’s lives and create new memories!
Make It a Habit.
Give yourself something to look forward to by scheduling time into your week to catch up and chat with your closest friends and family. You can do this by setting aside an hour each day, or a few hours each week. Phone calls to your long-distance friends can easily become a weekly tradition!
Get together with your best friends regularly. Arrange a standing date for every 2-3 months to catch up over coffee or a meal. Be the one who arranges these dates (to guarantee that they happen!) but feel free to delegate tasks to ensure that your loved ones stay invested.
Use Social Media Platforms.
Stay connected by posting updates on social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Instagram) for your loved ones to see. But remember that everything you post is essentially public so be mindful not to post anything that could hurt someone else’s feelings.
Send Snail Mail.
Be old school and send a handwritten letter or postcard in the mail instead of only communicating online. Include printed photos (e.g. of past memories) if you have them. Receiving something in the mail from a good friend who is thinking of you is always a pleasant surprise!
Celebrate Birthdays and Holidays.
Send out holiday and birthday cards and gifts periodically throughout the year. Make sure not to miss any major birthday milestones or important events in their lives. Focus on quality over quantity – a heartfelt, personal message will mean more to them than an impersonal gift.
Remember Important Dates.
Remember your friends’ special occasions and let them know you are thinking about them on those days. It is an especially heartwarming feeling when someone remembers a special date that is important to you. Your friends remember these kind actions because you are showing them they matter and that you truly care.
Don’t let staying in touch slip your mind. Set reminders on your phone or calendar to help you remember to stay in touch with loved ones. This can be a daily or weekly reminder to maintain contact. Make sure to follow through on your reminders and actually reach out and touch base!
Just Reach Out.
If you ever find yourself thinking about an old friend, just reach out! It might feel awkward at first but most people are happy to hear from and reminisce with their old friends.
How to Keep in Touch with the Do Happy® App
Keeping track of your important people and their special dates can be quite tedious if you do it manually. You have to write down the information in a calendar or on sticky notes and keep track of it yourself or set individual reminders on your phone. You have to keep the information updated and not lose or misplace it, which can be difficult over time.
Important People Organizer and Reminders
Our Do Happy® app makes it easy to keep track of all of your loved ones and their special occasions. The important people organizer is an aesthetically-pleasing index of your loved ones that you can update and have readily available wherever you go. Important dates that you add automatically trigger push notification reminders, which means that you will never forget about your loved ones’ special dates again!
For each loved one, you can:
- Add their picture
- Input their birthdays and important dates, including their children’s birthdays and when their loved ones passed away (note that only month and day are required for dates; the year is optional!)
- Stay accountable: inputted dates become completable Do Happy® Reminders tasks (add description and photo(s) to complete)
- Set additional reminders
- Remove dates that are no longer relevant
Special features of the important people organizer:
- Sort people by relationship type (e.g. family, friends, neighbors)
- Add unlimited notes (e.g. their pets’ names, their favorite things, any memorable tidbits)
- View your completed tasks with each person
Relationship Maintenance Tasks
Relationship maintenance is one of the three pillars of happiness in the a little dose of happy framework. It focuses on two key elements of happiness: devotion and celebration. (Make sure to read about our elements of happiness if you haven’t already!)
During the week, the Do Happy® app presents two relationship maintenance tasks to help you keep in touch with your loved ones. One task more broadly instructs you to reach out; for example, “Meet up with a friend for lunch.” The other task directs you to contact one of the people you listed during setup as someone with who you want to stay connected.
Relationship maintenance Do Happy® tasks and reminders and the important people organizer are included in your subscription to the app. Let us help you strengthen your relationships with your loved ones by helping you remember their special occasions and keep in touch!
Finding ways to keep in touch with friends and loved ones is very important. Regular contact with your close friends and family can keep you feeling connected and supported, as well as improve your overall mental and physical health. There are many simple ways to keep in touch, like sending a text or email, talking on the phone, or even meeting up.
If you’re having trouble keeping in touch, consider using the Do Happy® app to help you. With features like the important people organizer, reminders, and relationship maintenance tasks, the Do Happy® app can help you easily keep track of your loved ones and make sure you stay in touch. Download the app today for a free 7-day trial!