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 5 great ways to get together with friends this year:
1. 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, choose one of the local roasters who pays close attention to ethical sourcing from seed to cup. With that in mind, we recommend OZO Coffee Company in Boulder for your next coffee date—their focus on sustainable small batch production makes every sip even more rewarding. Plus, if you choose their West Pearl, Longmont or Flatiron locations, they offer a Brew Bar Tasting every Friday at 2 pm. Enjoy 50% percent off one prepared beverage here.
Spice it up a little the following week with some of Brewing Market Coffee’s famous hand-brewed chai, a complex Indian-style version owner Artine Yapoujian learned to make while growing up with his Armenian family in Lebanon. Brewing Market works closely with Agros International to help Nicaruaguan coffee farmers buy land and coffee seedlings to become self-sufficient entrepreneurs. Contribute to their good work AND save $3 off $10 or more at Brewing Market here.
2. Get Lit
Spark illuminating conversations and expose yourself to new perspectives by making your next meet up at a museum. It can be overwhelming to try to take it in all at once—so give yourselves permission to just focus on one room, floor or special exhibition and leave the rest for your next outing.
A suitably enlightening place to start might be the Denver Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition, The Light Show, which showcases objects that embody humanity’s quest to understand physical light in all its contexts—natural, scientific, metaphorical, spiritual and divine. Enjoy $2 off adult general admission to the Denver Art Museum here.
3. 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.
To sweeten the deal, why not pick up this FREE bag of rolled oats from Natural Grocers and make this delicious-sounding blueberry breakfast bake? Natural Grocers started in Golden, Colorado and now has stores throughout the state. Their bulk seeds, nuts and flours are kept refrigerated for the ultimate experience in freshness and convenience.
4. Collaborate on a Masterpiece
The friends who make something together… stay together. What if you bought 10 canvases and invited 10 friends to help you create collaborative works of art? Every 10 minutes, switch canvases with each other to create a series of pieces that reflect the creativity of the whole group!
Pick up your supplies at Meininger Art Supply—not only are they one of the largest art supply stores west of the Mississippi, they offer great resources on how to create art with less environmental impact. Enjoy $5 off your purchase of $30 or more here.
5. 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, did you know that Alfalfa’s Market in Boulder makes fresh pizzas right in their wood-fired oven using all organic and local ingredients? They’re the perfect place to pick up a few pies before the party begins. Get one FREE cheese pizza when you purchase one at full price here.
However you choose to gather your friends, we hope you will find connection and laughter and a little bit more joy each time.