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Rituals to get closer to the people you care about

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With all the “must dos” (work, pets, kids, home repairs, doctors’ visits) and “should dos” (eat right, sleep enough, check in with family, exercise) in our lives, there’s often little room for anything else. But what tends to fall between the cracks is everyone who doesn’t fall into those categories — like our friends and neighbors.https://ideas.ted.com/how-to-use-rituals-to-get-closer-to-people/?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=ideas-blog&utm_term=humanities&fbclid=IwAR0qdSRJ_2Sy8lqyX8c2fAOMj1k3_laBthW2L0t0DPhyvTOSkSgL2O4lhu8
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My friends and I have this kind of ritual too when we were younger and single. Every Sunday, we go to church, eat together and nonstop chat. That boosts our relationship and the bond is stronger than ever even if we don't see each other that much anymore.
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How about you?
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3 cups of wine and she's stealing your man. 😂
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3 cups of wine and she's stealing your man. 😂
It's a ritualized reach-around. Don't cheapen it.
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3 cups of wine and she's stealing your man. 😂
This is cheater’s mentality.
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This is cheater’s mentality.
Someone's reading too much Freud. The ability to entertain a thought without believing it is the sign of an intelligent mind.
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Someone's reading too much Freud. The ability to entertain a thought without believing it is the sign of an intelligent mind.
Too bad you aren’t an intelligent mind.
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Been doing these kind of rituals with my friends when we were younger and no families yet. We are trying to do it once in a while now and I think it's enough to keep us always connected no matter how busy we are in our daily family life.
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Love this idea! Now to find friends...
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Well, I'm not sure my friends are into summoning Cthulhu, but if it'll strengthen that friendship...
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Sounds good. But what if all of your friends are scattered across the world and it costs too much to see them more than once or twice a year?
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Sounds good. But what if all of your friends are scattered across the world and it costs too much to see them more than once or twice a year?
I’m in the same boat. What about FaceTime?
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