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 great ways to get together with friends this year:
1. 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 Farm Fresh to You 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.
2. Binge Watch… with Bingo
What’s at the top of your binge watch queue? Make a must-see show into a social occasion with bingo cards that mix up the catchphrases of your favorite characters and a prize or two at the end. Bonus points for a pajamas-only dress code and a few large pizzas.
Speaking of which, Gioia Pizzeria has been delivering giant slices of delicious for decades in the Bay Area. They have locations in Berkeley and Hayes Valley and enough unusual pie options to keep things interesting. Every ingredient is chosen with a farm-to-table sensibility, making this one binge you can feel great about. Save $4 on your purchase of any whole pie 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 Guerrilla Cafe. Located in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, this artful and deeply local coffee spot keeps it fresh with daily waffle specials that are to die for. Enjoy 15% off your total purchase here.
4. Find a Usual Table
Sometimes the easiest way to see your friends more regularly is to become a regular. Pick a spot that’s easy and conveniently located, make sure their ingredients are thoughtfully sourced and make a habit of it. With luck you’ll soon have a regular table and friendly staff who start your usual order as soon as you walk in the door.
Looking for a new local haunt? Cha-Ya Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine might be just the spot. Their entirely vegan menu includes plant-based versions of Japanese classics like gyoza, curry udon noodles and even sushi. Enjoy $5 off your purchase of $30 or more here.
However you choose to gather your friends, we hope you will find connection and laughter and a little bit more joy each time.