Spending time with friends is one of the simplest things you can do to rev up the happiness stakes in your life.

Healthy friendships are full of good feelings, you are able to be yourself, and when you face difficult times in your life, including the emotional journey through menopause, good friends listen to your troubles and encourage you to face the next day.

Good friends understand the importance of each other. To have good friends you need to be a good friend.
Always make time for your friends, enjoy their company and make them feel special. You don’t need to wait for a special occasion to treat them to lunch or buy a thoughtful small gift. Don’t expect anything in return, just treat them well and let them know how much you appreciate them being in your life.

Female friendships during the menopause are probably more important than ever. Having a friend who you can relate to during this time will help keep you sane and re-enforce the fact that you are not alone.

You may find it beneficial to join our forum, where you can share your experiences, views and concerns with many liked-minded women, and maybe make a few new friends along the way.