It’s good to own your own weirdness and celebrate your unique you, but also those who get it, appreciate it and stand by your side.
Make sure to take the time to reconnect with friends face to face. Technology is amazing but so is in person contact.
Gather round and share a meal with friends. Autumn is a time for harvest and what better way to celebrate than enjoying a feast.
Every now and then, challenge yourself to be vulnerable. You never know, it could be the start of an amazing relationship.
Never take for granted those who always stand by you no matter what
It can be hard to strike out on your own, so be patient when dealing with sheep.
If you are lucky enough to find yourself a weirdo to be your friend, never ever let them go. Especially if they enjoy your unique brand of weird too.
Where do you belong? Finding friends or family to spend time with has a positive impact. the more social support you have in your life can decrease stress and is statistically correlated with better mental and physical health.
Sometimes the best friends you can make are the ones living close by. I am lucky enough to live in a place where I have really fantastic neighbors. Sometimes, like these goats, we all hang out at a picnic table in a courtyard in the centre of our flats. Special thanks to Dr Cameron Petrie for snapping this amazing photograph of some goat friends relaxing on a picnic table in the Netherlands.
A new study from the Queen Mary University of London indicates that goats lead rich emotional lives. Their research has shown that goats can recognise the calls from their goat friends and distinguish those calls from the sounds of unfamiliar goats, an ability scientists call emotional contagion. The study even showed that goats respond to specific emotions of other goats, for example when their friends are happily enjoying a meal, illustrating that goats have empathy. Empathy is an amazing trait that goes hand-in-hand with compassion – aren’t goats amazing?