Begin Each Day With A Dose Of Happiness

Begin Each Day With A Dose Of Happiness

By Susan "Honey" Good

Saturday morning, at a lovely brunch, my place card and my oldest friend’s card were placed next to each other. We have been friends since we were in grade school. As I stared at the two names on the cards I thought... I have my musings for my next story, a dose of daily happiness.

I know you know, I watch the sun rise in the East. I know you know, I have my freshly brewed coffee and my laptop with me. I know you know, I write very early each day. What you do not know is the following:

I make a ‘phone call’ to a very close ‘old’ friend. The sunrise, my coffee, my phone and the voice on the other end of the line is my first dose of happiness each day. What better way is there to start your day than sharing intimate feelings over the phone with a best friend?

I HOPE YOU NOTICED, DARLINGS, I SAID A PHONE CALL. Starting your day with a ‘phone call’ must be, just that. Social media, where there is no intimate interaction, is not the same.   

I have a feeling most of you reach for your iPhone to email and text. I bet you Facebook and Messenger too. You are in a hurry. You dash off an email or text to an old friend:

“Let’s have lunch and catch up. We have not talked in ages. When are you available?”

Let’s be honest with ourselves, everyone has a need for emotional connections. You know this only occurs through verbal interaction. Sharing your private feelings with an old girlfriend is the ‘cat’s meow.’

We share joys, fears, wish lists, problems and ask for advice on all subjects from where did you buy your new bras to a simple and succinct “I need help." We laugh, get angry and always forgive and make up. We are always honest with one another because our friendship goes back to our youth.

Sitting next to Gail at brunch made me feel like the luckiest gal in the room. As I picked at my boring egg white vegetable omelet, I thought about my other old friendships. Would you believe some of my dearest girlfriends reunited with me because of They found me online by accident.

We picked up where we left off. They live in cities across America from North to South, from East to West. I have also had the joy of reconnecting with a few girlfriends from Kankakee by the Sea.

Now that you have read my musings, don’t you agree you should get into the habit of beginning your day with making a phone call to an old girlfriend for a daily dose of happiness?

Wouldn’t it give you lighthearted pleasure to reconnect with girlfriends from your past? You can do this over Skype or Facetime or make a good old fashioned phone call.


For me, the benefits were simple...

 I felt a strong feeling of happiness.

I was reminded of the little girl and the young woman I was, and understand why I am the ‘me’ I became.

It was enlightening discussing...

 Memories of our youth and long forgotten stories.

 The paths our lives have taken us through our circumstances and choices.

 And, there is an intimacy you cannot have with other friends because there is no memory of the younger ‘you.’

More and more research suggests that our social circles keep us mentally well. So, I feel keeping our old friendships alive by staying connected or reconnecting with old friends is, as I said, ‘the cat’s meow.’ I will add one more comment...: once we find friendships like these we should make every effort not to allow the relationship to slip away. Pick up your phone, dial that number and start your day with a dose of happiness.

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