Sunday, 29 May 2011

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Six Ways to Keep in Touch With a Friend Who Lives Far


We've talked a good deal about long-distance relationships; those can be so tough. But when it's a close friend who lives far from you, it's easy to feel just as bummed out. If you've got a pal who lives across the country—or in another country all together—and you're worried about effect the distance is having on your friendship, click on through six super easy ideas to stay close.

Mail a postcard or two. Or twenty.
Pick up a few inexpensive postcards and send one (or a few) at the same time each week. The great thing about postcards is that your available space is rather limited so you don't feel pressured to write novel-length notes. Instead, scribble a quick one or two line message or even an inside joke the two of you share.

Make a date on Skype
Seriously, what did we do before Skype? I've been waiting for this technology since watching The Jetsons cartoons on Saturday mornings. Set up a weekly date with your pal on Skype to catch up, vent or just giggle together.

Send a care package
Every now and then, maybe once every other month, send your friend a package with sentimental goodies tucked inside. You could bake a yummy treat like brownies to send to her. Or you might even send her a magazine article you think she'd get a kick out of. Once a friend sent me a magazine clipping about why reality TV shows are so popular. I was in a silly mood for the rest of the day.

Set up a texting date
At a certain time each week, make it a point to send each other a text. It could be a simple message like, "Have a great day” or even a silly joke. When my best friend moved away to college, we'd text each other the lamest jokes we could think of each week. Oddly, no matter how dumb the joke was, we'd always crack up.


Start a book or movie club
Agree to watch the same movie or read the same book one month. Then once you're both finished, you can gossip all about what you liked and didn't like. You could take turns picking out which books or movies you two will take in.

Have a coffee date over the phone
Grabbing a cup of coffee (or tea) is such a sweet and intimate act. And just because you live in different time zones doesn't mean you can't capture that feeling. Each of you can make a cup of your favorite drink and curl up on the couch while talking on the phone. It's just about the next best thing to hanging out with your pal in a café.

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