Acts of Friendship

47 Ways to Recharge Your Life, Make Real Connections, and Deepen Your Relationships

Lynne Everatt, Deb Mangolt, and Julie Smethurst

Friends, Make the Most of Your Time Together

A thousand Instagram likes don’t equal the wellness boost of one friendly hug. In our fast-paced world of glamorized busyness, social media fixation, and convenience without human contact, there’s nothing like putting down our devices and turning to those few special people who fill our cups, light us up, and embolden us to be our best selves—that is, our closest women friends.

Why not make the most of the precious time you have together and plan dates that will heal your body, nourish your spirit, and fuel your desire for personal growth?

Acts of Friendship presents forty-seven activities for you and your friends to connect with each other and help one another change your lives in ways you never expected. Sometimes you need a friend to tell you that you’re exceptional or to applaud you when you explore a hidden talent; sometimes only a friend can remind you to slow down or nudge you to expand your concept of who you are. From Take Your Cue (where you connect the dots to a better life) to A Friendly Q&A (where you learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your pals and yourself) to Let’s Go Retro (where you time travel with your friends) and more, these meaningful, fun activities are meant to energize, inspire, and rejuvenate you so that, together, you grow.

Quality relationships help us live stronger and longer, and the science backs this up. Authors and friends Lynne Everatt, Deb Mangolt, and Julie Smethurst looked to the research on what makes a happy, fulfilling life and designed each act of friendship accordingly. From giving to forgiving, being mindful to being active, finding joy to losing grudges, playing to journaling, gratitude to meditation, loving yourself to loving your friends, learning new things to learning new perspectives and new ways of life, these tested and true activities will generate laughter, inspiration, and expanded horizons. Try them out with your friends and experience the benefits of one of the world’s greatest healers: connection.


“My best friendships are the ones that not only include our personal growth, but also invite our playfulness—it’s a winning combo for feeling closer to each other and making the memories that bring us joy. This book is full of really creative ways to foster the Frientimacy we all want more of in our lives. If you want deeper friendships, I dare you to connect in these forty-seven fun and meaningful ways!”

“Reading Acts of Friendship was like a warm blanket on a cold night. These truths resonate deeply, and remind us to cherish what we need most at this crucial time in history. While work, family, and productivity pressures increase, women are often told to sacrifice and put the needs of others first. Technology is meant to help us manage these demands, but the cost can be deep feelings of isolation, disconnection, and loneliness. The antidote to this global phenomenon is the strength, love, and acceptance that we feel and generate within our female friendships.”

Acts of Friendship serves as a true inspiration for women who want to stay well and support one another. The ability to be vulnerable and yet grow stronger together is a gift not ever to be taken lightly.”

“I challenge you to pick up this book and become that friend. The one who is always up for an adventure, always inspiring, and always helping others grow.”

Lynne Everatt is a recovering MBA, LinkedIn Top Voice in management and culture, and ardent advocate for wellness through physical fitness. Her previous books include The 5-Minute Recharge: 31 Proven Strategies to Refresh, Reset and Become the Boss of Your Day and Emails from the Edge, the latter of which was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Deb Mangolt is a former Fortune 500 finance director who reinvented herself to better express her strengths. An event planner, life coach, dance fitness instructor, and a cherished friend to many, Deb inspires others to become the best versions of who they are.

Julie Smethurst discovered her life as a successful CPA was out of balance and, inspired by her friends Lynne and Deb, adapted her ways of working, created dedicated family time, and pursued her desire to learn to fly.

Together, Lynne, Deb, and Julie are on a mission to encourage women to discover new ways to raise each other up through friendship, just as they have discovered the best in themselves through each other.

ISBN 978-1-989025-97-0
$19.95 CAD $14.95 USD
Published February 3, 2020
5.5 × 8.5 256 Pages
Paperback, ebook