It is a fact that friendship is integral to our mental and physical wellbeing. A Harvard paper states that solid friendships promotes our brain health and Friendship is said to have a bigger impact on our psychological well-being than family relationships. Friends help us deal with stress, make better lifestyle choices and allow us to rebound from health issues and disease more quickly. Friends change our value system and inject more meaning into our lives. Great conversation, heartfelt care and support, and laugh out loud fun allow us to thrive.
With the basic component of any relationship, from our marriage to our co-workers all founded in friendship, we highlight the heightened importance of the friendship bracelet.
A friendship bracelet is a bracelet given by one person to others as a symbol of friendship. The origins of the friendship bracelet is said to lie with the Indigenous Peoples in Central and South America. According to tradition, one places a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend as a symbol of friendship and may wish for something at that moment. The bracelet is worn to honour the time, energy and love put into their friendship.
The idea of a bracelet to symbolise friendship is beautiful. It is a meaningful gift, that becomes so much more through the story of giving.
Five moments a friendship bracelet really can make a difference.
Big birthdays. The big birthday bashes are currently on ice so a personal piece, that reminds your friends that you are thinking of them on their birthday, becomes so much more important. Personalise a bracelet with a date, an initial or a message to celebrate their 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th , 40th , 50th birthdays and beyond.
Moving on. A leaving party on zoom is definitely not like being in the pub with all your work colleagues. Have an unboxing moment on screen or if you are having a smaller gathering in person, send a colleague off with a tear in their eye and remind them of the friendships they have made through their experience.
Graduating together. Graduating from school or university is exciting and the perfect time to recognise the wonderful friendships that have evolved over your years in education. Celebrate your unity by getting matching bracelets.
End of Season. Team sports are one of the most binding activities where passion, respect and graft allow friendships to truly flourish. Celebrate the end of season with a team of matching bracelets or with a personalised message to mark the moment.
A remote hug. A bracelet wrapping your wrist can be seen as a metaphor for a hug. Maybe a friends wedding has been cancelled, a loved one has passed away or the furloughed feeling is all getting a bit much. Offer a friendship bracelet as support and every time it is worn it can act as a supportive and caring reminder that a friend is there.
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