Fun Things to Talk About with Friends

by K. Nola Mokeyane

Your friends are coming over and you want to be well prepared with tapas, drinks and - of course - fun things to talk about. Time spent with friends is good for your physical and emotional well-being, according to Madeline Vann, M.P.H., with Everyday Health, because it increases happiness. Engaging in fun conversation with your comrades is also a great way to relax and unwind from life's everyday stresses.

Romantic Relationships

Whether your friends are single or married, you can discuss matters relating to romantic relationships - provided the topics are fun and lighthearted. Single friends may discuss bizarre dates that they've been on or some of the funniest pick-up lines they've heard or said to others. Married friends can offer funny stories to singles about things that they might expect in a marriage if they tie the knot. Take care not to turn the conversation into a gender-bashing session, which would take the fun out of the discussion.

Interesting Memories

Share a few interesting memories to set the tone for a fun discussion among friends. Discuss things such as your most bizarre childhood career aspirations or exotic travel experiences. If you've shared interesting experiences with one another, you can recall those memories as well. Taking a trip down memory lane provides an opportunity to form a stronger bond with your friends as you revisit enjoyable times together.

Gossip and Controversial Stories

If you and your friends like to gossip every now and again, then grab a tabloid magazine at the local grocery store and initiate a lively discussion about celebrity happenings. If your friends aren't big fans of gossip, discuss controversial issues happening in politics or the media - as long as the discussion remains cordial. Examples of controversial topics are sexual harassment by women and the legalization of marijuana.

Bucket List

A fun topic of discussion with friends is bucket lists - things that you and your friends want to do before you die. Take turns sharing and comparing items for bucket lists while learning more about one another in the process. Your friends may decide to help someone complete an item on her bucket list or offer to join a friend while he completes a task, such as parasailing or skydiving.


Many people never tire talking about their favorite sports players and teams. Watch a game together and follow it up with a discussion about various aspect of the game. Expand the conversation by including sports trivia or interesting facts about different teams and players. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, carry the discussion outside and engage in a competitive game.

About the Author

K. Nola Mokeyane has written professionally since 2006, and has contributed to various online publications, including "Global Post" and Modern Mom. Nola enjoys writing about health, wellness and spirituality. She is a member of the Atlanta Writer's Club.

Photo Credits

  • Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images