📊Survey Results: Friendship on the Job

The workplace is without a doubt an important source of meaningful social connection, and the friends we make at work have a clear positive impact on the way we view our jobs. In an informal survey conducted over the past few months by the Language of Friendship, a resounding 100% of our respondents said they... Continue Reading →

Supporting Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is More Than Enough. We live in a world dominated by social media showing curated lives of perfect families, love lives and job promotions.  Comparing our lives to others can be damaging to our mental health, and building lives full of connection and acceptance is... Continue Reading →

A Friend In Need

By all accounts Monday, February 6th was shaping up to be a pretty good day. The temperature had warmed a bit over the weekend and most of the snow and ice had melted. By then, I was several months into a new routine, regularly commuting by train to Chicago for an interim university job. On... Continue Reading →

Loneliness: A Public Health Crisis

As a child in the 1970s, the anti-smoking advertising and public health messages in school and on TV made a lasting impression on me. I recall stories of classmates lecturing their parents on the dangers of smoking and even flushing cigarettes down the toilet. This was a decade before the health impact of second-hand smoke... Continue Reading →

Sharing Joy With Friends

Lately I’ve been experiencing an emotion I was introduced to early last year when I read about it in famed vulnerability researcher Brene Brown’s helpful book, Atlas of the Heart, which Julia and I both wrote about in separate posts. The emotion is called Freudenfreude, and it’s a mouthful, but really it’s just the feeling... Continue Reading →

Sharing Women’s Stories

As we approach the mid-point of Women’s History Month 2023, LOF would like to celebrate the innumerable women-identifying writers, artists, activists and others who are telling our stories while making history. Stories can be shared in a variety of ways, through narrative, art or music, as well as through the many important organizations that help... Continue Reading →

Honoring Black History

Since 1976, February has been designated Black History Month to recognize, publicize and celebrate the contributions to society made by African Americans. Although this month is coming to an end, we at LOF encourage you to engage with black culture and community every day of the year. The opportunities are endless and worthwhile. Engaging in... Continue Reading →

Roofie Madness

I went out to dinner with three friends last Thursday evening at a nice suburban restaurant that I’ve been to many times before. The food and ambience are always lovely there. My friends and I had been planning and looking forward to this chance to get out and catch up for weeks. We’ve known each... Continue Reading →

Finding Friends First

When I turned 30, I felt like I had reached a huge milestone and I began reflecting and evaluating where I was in life personally and professionally. I was two years out of business school and enjoying my work in Chicago at the Quaker Oats Co. Professionally, I was in a good place. On the... Continue Reading →

When Friends Become Family

About two years ago, this blog featuring stories of friendship was born amidst a time of loss and isolation.  In early 2021, vaccines were slowly being rolled out, but the many pandemic-related losses were still raw. Our children missed important milestones at school and our work lives were disrupted by the uncertainty and financial impact... Continue Reading →

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