Did you know scientific research has shown that friendship is essential to our health on every level? In fact, people who have a strong social network actually live longer and are happier than those who don’t. And since we make some of our best friends at school and while studying, now is the time to give your friendships some focus!
It’s important to note that we’re talking good quality friends here, the kind we can count on. Genuine friends make the good times better and help balance out the tough times by supporting us when we need it. Of course that should work both ways or it’s not a real friendship.
It seems that it’s worth putting time and energy into nurturing our relationships with others, so how can we do that?
Go for quality not quantity
It’s better to have a few real friends you are genuinely close to than a whole bunch of superficial relationships that require energy and time from you but don’t give much back. Gently move away from those people you don’t really connect with or who make you feel bad, and nurture those people whom you feel better for having in your life.
Spend real time together
Bear in mind that Facebook and Twitter are not necessarily your friends here (pardon the pun). Real friendship requires face-to-face time spent together, getting to know each other on a deeper level. Choose activities you can both enjoy and make sure at least some of them allow the opportunity for conversation. If the person doesn’t live nearby, phone time works too.
Celebrate the differences
Pay close attention to what your friend likes and doesn’t like, and respect that even if you feel differently yourself. The beauty of true friendship is that we learn as much from each other through our differences as we do from our similarities.
If you feel you’d like to expand your circle of friends, read The Friend Zone [see previous article on 03 June] for some ideas on how to do this.
Take time to nurture your friendships and you’ll find that your fun, health and happiness quotients will increase exponentially!
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