Sharing the good times and being supported in the not so good times is what friendships are all about. 'Friends are good medicine' is indeed a scientific fact - and having close friends is very good for our mental health and wellbeing.
Even just being around other people whether at work, amongst crowds at sporting or music events, in shopping centres or at the movies seems to satisfy an in-built human need.
Make a list of activities, each separated with a comma (,), that you enjoy doing with someone or a group.
Now choose one to do next week, make time to fit it into your schedule and put it in your diary.
List some of the people who have been important to you in the past, for example old school friends, work colleagues, previous neighbours, long lost cousins.
Who would you like to re-connect with or see more of? Why not look them up (try Facebook, Google or a mutual friend) and suggest meeting for a coffee or meal or something you both would enjoy doing, and find a time when you can do them together.