📊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 →

Celebrating Moms/Mother Figures

Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that elicits the range of emotions. Some people consider it a Hallmark holiday designed to pressure us into buying gifts, creating Instagram-worthy visuals and artificial moments. Others are reminded of painful losses, or relationships that never quite measured up to expectations. At the same time, those of us... 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 →

April Celebrations

April is one of my favorite months. While March signals the start of Spring, it’s April when flowers start reliably blooming, even for those of us living in the Northern parts of the United States.  The days are getting longer, and it’s hard not to be optimistic when warmer weather awaits. Even the name ‘April’... Continue Reading →

Exercise Posse

By now, everyone seems to have heard the message about how important exercise is for our mental and physical well-being. But knowing it and doing it are two different things. One of the best ways I've found to maintain a fitness routine is to find a type of exercise I enjoy doing and then get... Continue Reading →

March Madness

Growing up in Central Kentucky in the 1970s-1980s, you could not get through the month of March without being inundated by college basketball. The gas stations, banks and grocery stores would be decked out even more than usual with banners and flags in University of Kentucky blue. TV commercials that month would be UK-themed, and... 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 →

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 →

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