The United Nations proclaimed International Friendship Day in 2011 to promote friendship and bridge the gap between race, religion, and other factors that prevent people from enjoying friendship with one another. It’s a promotion that promotes diversity while encouraging togetherness!
Friends are such a precious relationship to have in life. What is worthy to mention is that friendships do have a significant influence on your health and well-being, but at the same time they are not always easy to form or sustain. Recognize the value of friendships in your life and what you can do to develop and strengthen them and that is what we will get to know more in the upcoming article.
Know the benefit of having your friends!
Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also:
When we share events from our lives with our friends, we increase our happiness and lessen our stress. Friends may help you improve your self-confidence and self-worth simply by existing in your life, since our friends constantly believe in us and how far we can go. Additionally, it can help you cope with traumas such as breakups, major illness, job loss, or the death of a loved one by enhancing your feeling of belonging and purpose.
Friendships are also important in boosting your general health. Adults who have a good social support network had a lower chance of depression, high blood pressure, and having an unhealthy body mass index. According to studies, older individuals with a vibrant social life are more likely to live longer than those with less connections.
Giving and taking is an important part of developing and sustaining successful friendships. You may be the one offering support at times, and you may be the one receiving assistance at other times. Friendships may be strengthened by letting them know you care about and appreciate them. It’s just as vital for you to be a good friend as it is to have great friends around you.
To maintain your friendships you have to have some qualities:
Listen up and give attention.
Ask about the lifestyles of your friends. Eye contact, body language, and occasional quick comments like “That sounds enjoyable” let the other person know you’re paying attention to what they say and do. Be sympathetic when friends share details of tough times or events, but take care and do not provide advice until your friends expressly ask for it.
We all hate advice until we really need it man!
Be empathetic and kind.
This basic attitude, which was always highlighted in childhood, is still at the heart of effective adult relationships. Consider friendship to be your emotional savings account. This account is credited with every act of kindness and display of appreciation, while criticism and negativity drain the account..
By telling your friends about yourself, you will build closeness with them. Allowing personal experiences and worries to be shared demonstrates that your friend holds a special place in your life and strengthens your bond. Do not forget that you need this too!
Show that you can be trusted.
Forming solid friendships requires being responsible, trustworthy, and reliable. Keep your commitments and show there on time. Follow through on promises you’ve made to your friends. Keep personal information secret when you and your friends discuss it.
It’s never too late to start making new friends or reconnect with existing ones. Spending time developing new relationships and strengthening old ones can result in greater health and a more positive perspective for years to come.