Does it feel like time is becoming an elusive commodity? Wish there were some way to ration it out, convince it to slow down a bit? Sometimes time may seem like your greatest enemy; at others, your best friend. As Dr. Mango notes in our Teaser Issue (pp 35-36), quality time spent with loved ones is the recipe for a happy relationship. Here are some of our suggestions for capturing some time to make great memories with family and friends:
Check out a new coffee shop with a friend you've been wanting to get to know better. Chat away without constantly checking the time or your mobile phone.
Take a day trip to a relaxing location. A day of beach volleyball, boardwalks, or surfing will help you shake off the office doldrums and put a spring in your step. Just be sure to snatch some SPF, as Kara suggests.
Land-locked? Take a brisk hike up a mountain or along a river trail, admire the vistas and end the day with a stop at an ice cream or smoothie shop.
Not in the mood to go out? Stay in and order takeout. Invite friends over for a movie or game night. If you're musically inclined, grab that guitar and serenade away.
Yearning for cultural enrichment? A museum or outdoor concert might be the ticket. Many city Chamber of Commerce websites list upcoming events – oftentimes they're free!
Give back. This weekend, volunteer at a local soup kitchen or offer to help babysit for your neighbor so she can enjoy a hot date with her hubby!
I hope you're getting to spend lots of quality time with family and friends this week, strengthening relationships, and enjoying the summery weather!
How did you spend your 4th of July vacation?
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