Did you know that hanging out with friends can impact both your mental and physical health? I write about this in great detail in my book, Happy Habits. Many studies report having a solid friendship with people has several benefits – like boosting confidence and lowering blood pressure.
There is no doubt, having some to turn to in times of need or boredom is essential to a human’s basic social needs. But, sometimes doing the same old thing is tiring.
Then we may have a few ideas that will help. Keep reading our ultimate hangout guide for creating exciting, new memories.
You can have a simple movie night with your favorite flicks and popcorn. Which is fine, but we are talking about making memories here.
So, why not turn that movie watch party up a notch? You can turn your room into an aesthetic and cozy hang-out spot.
You could also string lights along the ceiling to create a low-light, dreamy look. If you have wall space, you can buy a projector to show the movie on the wall like you are in a theater.
Or, you could take the show into the backyard. Use the projector to display your movie onto the side of the house, and have your friends bring blankets and pillows to sit on. Provide snacks and drinks, and you’re good to go!
Okay, so this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hike up a mountain. You can, if that’s your thing. But if you would rather not, then go outside to your local park.
Most of the time, you will find a boardwalk that takes you through a wooded area. You and your outdoorsy friends can bask in nature, identify bird calls, or chat as you walk.
If you want more of an experience, research where the closest nature preserve is, and hit the trails. Bear in mind that preserve pathways are a bit more rugged. But that makes the adventure all the more fun. Here’s a guide for the perfect hiking trip.
Are you and your friends hardcore gamers? You could have a night doing nothing but hosting a private game tournament. These are often adrenaline-packed nights full of cheering, yelling, and tasty take-out.
Some good group games are:
However, if you aren’t a true gamer, you may still enjoy playing. Make sure you read about video game history under ‘Video Game Night’ section.
It could be fun to invite some friends over and try your hand at one of these games. Many people also enjoy playing horror games together.
One reason is that they are too scared to play alone. The other is because pop scares with friends leads to a fun time.
Going to an actual spa can wrack up quite the credit card bill. Instead, bring relaxation and skin rejuvenation to you. You can find affordable products at your local drug store like:
Light some candles and pop in some relaxing music. There is nothing better than some self-care and hanging out with friends.
The objective of an escape room is to solve a series of medium-hard puzzles and unlock the door. To get out, you have to put your heads together and figure out the answer to the problems or puzzles.
Once you solve one, it will give you something, like a code to a safe, to unlock the next clue. You also don’t have unlimited time, either.
To amp up the pressure, there is a clock running on the wall. You have about an hour to get out of the room ad win the game.
Finding an escape room that is both challenging and enjoyable may be as hard as solving the puzzles. To find a decent one, go to your web browser and type in the word escape room plus your area.
So, something like this: escape room Gatlinburg. Sift through your options, get your friend’s opinions, and book a night! You can even find some that have a theme.
For instance, there is one set up with lasers that mimics a heist. There are also horror themes where you not only have to beat the timer, but you have to escape from the zombie on the wall, too.
The average person spends about two hours and twenty-four minutes on social media every day. If that sounds like you, then you’re going to need some aesthetic photos to post.
Have your friends come over to help you with your photoshoot. You can set up gear, like a light ring and tripod, and take photos together.
Not only will these be perfect for your feed, but you will have those pictures as forever memories. And, if you want a retro vibe, you can even get a polaroid camera. Snap some vintage photos of you having fun with friends so you can create a photo album together.
Learning a new skill with friends makes you all the more likely to succeed. Ask your pals what their interests are so you can take a class together. Or, if you would rather keep it between you guys, Youtube offers an endless amount of DIY content from cooking to arts and crafts.
These outdoorsy activities achieve a few different things. You can get exercise by paddling all over the place. Plus, you get to be social, work on your tan, and experience nature.
If you own paddleboards, then get out to your preferred body of water when the sun comes up. Otherwise, you can search for places to rent either boards or kayaks for a few hours at a reasonable price.
You and your friends can construct playlists for one another. These can be funny songs or music that you want the other to experience.
On some apps, like Spotify, you can have shared playlists. It would be fun to see a new song added so you can listen and talk about it later.
As you can tell, your options of fun things to do with friends are endless. You can choose to stay in with movies and games or take it outdoors with a hike or picnic.
Whatever your choice is, remember that one of the best activities for friends is laughing and acting like goofballs. Don’t be afraid to be yourself because whatever adventure you go on will be all the more memorable. If you enjoyed this guide, then check out the rest of our blog for more lifestyle tips!