Creating opportunities to connect with friends is one of the best ways to improve your mental wellbeing… and even your health. Studies show that people with stronger social networks get sick less often and even live longer!
The secret to making it happen is to make it a monthly routine—that makes it easier to schedule, easier to remember, and more likely that those lasting connections will have time to develop.
To get the ball rolling, here are 4 reasons to get together with friends this year:
1. Mingle with Some Makers
Meeting more of the people who make Seattle an amazing place to live is a great way to grow your circle and keep the conversations with your current friends fresh. Seattle is blessed with some amazing local makers… from cheese to chocolate to fixtures to fashion: if you need it, there’s probably an incredibly talented neighbor who makes it.
Gather a group and explore Seattle Made Week this October — you’ll eat, drink, and mingle your way to new connections with some of the people who make Seattle a truly fascinating place to live. The event features an epic Taste of Seattle Made at AXIS Pioneer Square, panel discussions about the maker economy, plus pop up shopping, shoptalk with local brewers, and more. Save 15% on any Seattle Made event here.
2. Start a Sunday Brunch Club
A monthly gathering is a fantastic way to enjoy friends and share each other’s cultural traditions and culinary experiments. Make it brunch and you can laze about together all day long without interrupting the evening routine.
A weekly farm box from Full Circle will ensure you always have enough organic produce and farm products on hand to put together something delicious. With optional add-ons like fresh eggs, jam, honey and nuts, you may not even need to leave the house to whip up brunch for a crowd. Save $10 off your first four boxes here.
To sweeten the deal, why not pick up some rolled oats and brown sugar from zero waste grocer Scoop Marketplace and make these delicious-sounding blueberry baked oatmeal cups? Scoop Marketplace just opened in Seattle and offers packaging-free grocery products to help you live a more zero-waste lifestyle. Bring your own reusable bags and jars or purchase them there to start building your stock of reusable food storage containers. Save $5 on your purchase of $10 or more here.
3. Create your Own Coffee Klatch
A weekly coffee date can be a quick but satisfying way to create a sense of belonging and a space to share and grow together.
To really get the klatch clicking, make your first date at Paint the Town Ceramics Studios. You can create custom coffee mugs in honor of the group… and bond while your creations get fired up. This “create your own” ceramics studio provides everything you need, including paint, glaze and firing so that you and your crew can just enjoy the time together with no worries. Save 25% off a weekday purchase here.
4. Get a Crush… on a New Couvee
Washington is blessed with some extraordinary wineries… and nothing greases the gossip wheels like a little Pinot Grigio. Make a monthly wine tasting date and you’ll expand your palates while you spill the tea on the latest office politics.
For your first outing, take a trip out to Bainbridge Island and enjoy 4 tastings for the price of 2 at Eleven Winery. They offer live music on Saturdays in their tasting room, making it a great place to settle in for an afternoon of good wine, good music, and friends.
However you choose to gather your friends, we hope you will find connection and laughter and a little bit more joy each time.