Friends play an incredible role in every stage of our lives, friendships define us, and at times our friends even influence our choices of where to live, what to eat and what to wear. Unfortunately, in today’s fast pacing life we don’t get the chance to connect and spend time with our close friends. It can be challenging to facilitate strong friendship, but with help of these tips, you can build strong friendships.
- Use social media
Some people discourage the use of social media as a means to connect with friends, but nowadays everyone is busy, still, we take out time to check our Facebook and emails. Stay connected with your close friends through Facebook, WhatsApp or email.
- Show up
Apart from keeping in touch through social media it’s a good idea to meet your friends in person, always try to attend weddings; birthday parties, funeral, or you could plan out a lunch or visit them at their office.
- Respect their choices
In life, a situation might arise where your friend believes in a particular idea and you can’t relate to it, in such cases give your advice and let them do their thing, sooner or later your friend will realize his/her mistake and come back to you.
- Apologize and forgive
When you do something wrong admit it and apologize for your mistake, on the other hand, have the compassion to forgive your friend too.
- Be empathetic
Try to look at things from your friend’s point of view, this will help you communicate and understand each other better.
- Compliment and Express gratitude
Show your friend that you love them by complimenting them on their good deeds or qualities. Let your friend know that you value your friendship and the things they have done for you.
- Take equal responsibility
Make plans in a way that you take turns to see each other if a problem arises acknowledge your part and together figure out a way to solve it.
Lastly, always remember friendships grow and change, at times they even end. Sometimes a friend who use to spend tons of time with you may not be able to do the same, perhaps a radical change in lifestyle doesn't allow them to do so anymore. In such times be happy with the little moments you get to be together.