Friendships are defined as a relationship of mutual affection between people. Developing and maintaining healthy friendships involves give-and-take. Sometimes you’re the one giving support, and other times you’re on the receiving end.
Letting friends know you care about them and appreciate them can help strengthen your bond. Just remember, it’s as important for you to be a good friend as it is to surround yourself with good friends.
• Be Kind – We learn how to be kind to others during childhood, but this basic behavior remains the core of successful adult relationships.
• Listen Up – When you are in conversation with your friend, let the other person know you are paying close attention through eye contact, body language, and occasional brief comments. Also, be empathetic, but don’t give advice unless your friends ask for it.
• Open Up – Build intimacy with your friends by opening up about yourself and share personal experiences which shows that your friend holds a special place in your life.
• Show that you can be Trusted – Being responsible, reliable, and dependable is key to forming strong friendships. Keep your engagements and arrive on time. When your friends share confidential information, keep it private.
• Make Yourself Available – Building a close friendship takes time. Make an effort to see new friends regularly, and to check in with them in between visits.
Now, remember you may not become friends with everyone you meet, but maintaining a friendly attitude and demeanor can help you improve and nurture your friendships throughout life.
Remember, it’s never too late to build new friendships or reconnect with old friends. Investing time in making friends and strengthening your friendships can pay off in better health and a brighter outlook for years to come.