Okay, so we know that the Friend-o-meter is a tool we can use to help us check the health of our friendships! But, do you know what percentage of our friendships should be in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter to maximize our happiness and wellbeing?
I’ll let you in on a little trick to help you remember… It’s kinda like food! Nutritionists tell us that if roughly 80% of the things we eat are considered healthy, then our bodies can cope with about 20% of foods that are not-so-healthy (& we all like having a treat from time to time!). Nutritionists call this The 80:20 Rule. Keeping things in balance and eating mostly healthy things keeps our bodies happy, healthy and working well.
Well, guess what? Friendships are kinda the same! If 80% of our friendships are in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter, then we can cope with 20% of our friendships being in the not-so-healthy zone!
When we are spending time in healthy friendships, we feel energised and happy. Healthy friendships lift us up and make us feel good! Unhealthy friendships are the opposite; like unhealthy food, they drag us down and don’t feel good.
When you’re thinking about your friendships, it is really important that you know where they sit on the Friend-o-meter. This way you can tell how healthy your friendships and relationships are and make decisions and choices that support your wellbeing. If you stick to the 80:20 rule in your friendships, making sure that your core friendships are in the healthy zone, you’ll have a better chance of keeping things in balance.
To help us remember this important connection between the Friend-o-meter and food, it’s time to get in the kitchen!