The Passionate Pursuit of Delight

Revive a Dormant Friendship Challenge

Revive a Dormant Friendship Challenge

Are you happy?

I have always had a cheerful demeanor so I haven’t paid too much attention to the idea of being happier that Gretchen Rubin has written about in her books, website, and podcast. I mean, I am already happy so why bother exploring that further?

But a good friend of mine recommended the Happier podcast hosted by Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft so I decided to download it and give it a listen. It got me thinking about how ridiculous my thinking was about happiness. Would I really say, ‘I am already healthy, why bother trying to be healthier?’ Of course I wouldn’t and you probably wouldn’t either.

So, I downloaded episode 79 of the ‘Happier’ podcast and listened during my commute yesterday.  The sisters offered up a challenge to their listeners.

Revive a dormant friendship

We know that a strong social network is vital to our well-being and happiness but realistically speaking most people would agree that free time is at a premium. It takes time and effort to maintain solid connections with friends.

On the other hand, a few people immediately come to my mind when I think about dormant friendships. Those relationships didn’t end badly, they just slipped away. Whether it was marriage, kids, jobs, or moving far away, our lives took different turns and we drifted apart.

Their challenge resonated with me.  So I am going to reach out to say hi and check in with some friends that I haven’t talked to in a while. I haven’t decided whether I will email them or give them a call. I seem to be worse at talking on the phone the older I get.  But one way or another I am going to reach out and try to revive the friendship.

Do you have a dormant friend that you would like to reach out to?


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  1. LG

    I inadvertently revived an old friendship earlier this week. I happened to see that I had a couple of Facebook messages in my Message Requests inbox (I didn’t even know that was a thing). Two messages were spam, but one was from my childhood friend. He’d sent me a message LAST THANKSGIVING to wish me a happy holiday. My family moved away from the neighborhood when he and I were about to enter fifth grade, and I think the last time I saw him was more than 20 years ago. But a couple of tentative-but-warm messages later, and we’re now reconnected. 🙂

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