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Posted in Your Community | April 2016

Hats off to new friendships

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According to The Tending Instinct by Shelley E. Taylor, the desire to connect with other women is actually part of a woman’s DNA.1 Essentially, women are biologically programmed to build strong social ties with each other, and to form close friendships. It’s something all women probably already know, and it’s the reason organizations like the Red Hat Society (called the British Red Hatters in the UK) exist.

The Red Hat Society (RHS) is kind of like an adult playgroup just for women. As stated on their website, it’s a way to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and discover the joy of getting together with other women for the express purpose of having fun.

But in addition to enjoying each other’s company at outings, parties, weekend trips and other fun activities, the RHS offers a valuable support system to the women in each chapter. Emotional support during life’s ups and downs and a brief respite from day-to-day responsibilities can be invaluable, especially for women new to an area or in a new stage of life. The RHS provides that kind of support in the form of in-real-life gatherings, as well as a global online network of like-minded women.

So what’s with the red hats? It’s all part of the fun, and it’s a great way to make a bold visual statement about the bonds of friendship. Women over 50 wear red hats and wear purple clothing, while women under 50 wear pink hats and lavender outfits.

 

Join in the fun!

Joining a RHS chapter near you costs $20 per year, or you can opt to become a “Queen” by starting a chapter yourself for $39 per year. If you want to find out more about the benefits of membership and how to join a chapter near you, click here.

Of course, you can always take a little inspiration from the RHS and start your own social group with like-minded female friends, family members, and neighbors. Your group could be all about having fun, like the RHS, or you could add a charitable element to your gatherings by supporting local causes right in your own community. You can organize a food drive, create care kits for homeless shelters, or put your baking and cooking skills to good use at your local Ronald McDonald House. Don’t forget that Foresters Community Grants provide members with the resources and financial support needed to independently organize a volunteer event that’s meaningful to you and your community.

Even if your “group” consists of just you and your best friend committing to getting together for lunch once every month, it’s still a wonderful way to honor the importance of female friendships, and to enjoy the kind of support and connection you need.

 

SOURCES

1 http://womensissues.about.com/od/communityconnection/a/Girlfriends.htm

 

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