Shasta Nelson: February 8, 2018



Shasta Nelson

Speaker, Author and CEO of, A leading expert on friendship.

We all value our time with close friends. But perhaps we aren’t aware of just how important those friendships are in our day-to-day lives and to our overall health and well-being. According to friendship expert Shasta Nelson, there are many compelling reasons to spend time with friends. Chief among them, she says, is that it can reduce stress and boost our emotional, mental and physical health – particularly in challenging and uncertain times.

Facebook Friends Day was February 4th, and we want to continue that celebration with a reminder to take time to show gratitude for these important people in our lives. But let’s face it, we’re all busy, and sometimes we may take our most valued relationships for granted. In fact, in one recent end-of-life study, researchers found that three out of every four people said they regret not spending more time with friends and family.

On Facebook, more than 750 million new friendships are formed every day. But despite all these important connections, our most valuable friendships are often the ones we don’t always make time for or express how much they mean to us. In this satellite interview, friendship expert Shasta Nelson will talk about how we can celebrate our friends and friendships both on and offline.

Did you know?

  • There were 2x as many posts about friendship in 2017 than in 2016.
  • Over the past year, celebrating friendships and birthdays were some of the top activities people did with others on Facebook. Other top activities included spending time together in person, like watching their favorite TV shows or sharing a meal together.
  • Over 650 million Friendversary videos were shared in 2017.

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Shasta Nelson is a leading expert on friendship. Her spirited and soulful voice for strong relationships can be found in her books Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness and Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends. She is the Founder of, a women’s friendship community, and she teaches monthly friendship skill building classes at The Friendship University. She also writes at and in the Huffington Post, speaks across the country, and is a frequent contributor to the media appearing on TV shows such as Katie Couric and The Today Show, and in countless magazines and newspapers including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Good HousekeepingHealth, and Forbes.

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