Reader to Reader: Unexpected Friendships

Last November, we asked readers to tell us how they found friendships in unexpected ways, and how those bonds have changed their lives. The winning letter came from MaryBeth Bethel in Lawrence, Kansas. She'll receive the complete line of biodynamic products from Jurlique's Purely Age-Defying Collection -- a $300 value! 

MaryBeth's Letter
"At the age of 55, I decided to travel to Italy on my own. I found a language Web site that hooked me up with native Italians who could teach me in exchange for English lessons. Our interactions went from e-mails to online chats and then to video calls via Skype; we've become quite close. I've just returned from my fifth trip to Italy in three years! These friends have changed my life: I spend more time in Italy, and have secured online work and house-sitting jobs so I can earn money and stay for months at a time. What started out as a simple language exchange has led me to a new understanding of myself and the world around me."

Look for more reader letters about unexpected friendship in the March issue of Body+Soul.

This Month's Contest: Healthy Eating Tips
One lucky reader will win a $150 gift of Gaiam fitness products, including a metro gym bag, a yoga mat, a recycled yoga block, a set of Trudie Styler DVDs, and more.

For a chance to win, share your wisdom on the following: What's your favorite healthy-eating tip? Let us in on your smart strategies for eating well, at home and on the town. Look for answers from readers in our June 2010 issue.

You can email us or send a letter to Mail, Body+Soul, 601 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001. Please include your name, address, and daytime phone number. We may edit letters for length and clarity.

Read the official rules for the Gaiam gift bag giveaway.

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