You had me until you revealed the ritual to be “two hours, once every two weeks.” Ouch. Well, that’s one way to do it!
I think it’s less about *what* as *when*. I play “Julie the cruise director” for a group of friends. We all have separate networks that we belong to, so my joy is to take care of this one. For example, once weekly, I host a dinner party followed by shared TV watching. (Currently, we’re watching Gotham on Netflix.) That’s in addition to the whole buttload of other things I organize.
That weekly dinner — with those who can make it that week, followed by another week when they can’t but someone else will — really is something to hold on to.
But I also have a book group that meets monthly and have joined a Meetup that a friend coordinates for people who want to go out for music regularly and spontaneously. (Meetup is great for meeting people, by the way.)
So again, I think it’s less about what it is that you do than about having the ritual itself.
Find your tribe. Enjoy your tribe. Prioritize your tribe over work crap. #easypeasy