Any relationship can enrich your life, but there’s something special about old friends. They remind you of your roots and show you how you’ve evolved. They know you inside and out, and they still love and accept you. While it’s wise to let some friendships go, some relationships end only because they didn’t receive enough nurturing. If you’d like to build more long-lasting friendships, take a look at these suggestions.
Consider these ideas for giving:
1.Pay attention. Listen closely to what your friend has to say. Make eye contact, nod, and ask relevant questions. Resist the urge to interrupt or offer advice when your friend may just want to be heard.
2. Express appreciation. Let your friends know how much you care about them. Tell them how they make a difference in your life. Show affection with hugs and gifts.
3.Be kind. Think about what you can do to make your friend smile. Surprise them with an invitation to their favorite restaurant for a weekend brunch. Tell them 1 their new haircut makes them look like a movie star.
4.Make plans. Take turns with organizing movie nights and coffee dates. Friendships last longer when you both take responsibility for getting together.
5. Earn trust. Live up to your commitments. If you say you’re going to drive your friend to the dentist, be there on time.
Learning to Take Conflicts sometimes happen because one friend thinks the other is taking too much. However, receiving is part of a healthy friendship. These tips will help you receive benefits with grace:
1. Ask for help. Reach out when you’re feeling low. Ask for what you need, whether it’s a shoulder to cry on or a pep talk.
2. Accept favors. Be grateful when your friend does something to help you out. Thank them for bringing you groceries when you have the flu.
3. Savor compliments. Respond to compliments graciously. Smile and thank your friend instead of being dismissive.
4. Share your feelings. Friends know how to be there for each other. While you want to avoid monopolizing the spotlight, you can feel comfortable calling them when you need to talk about a breakup or a disagreement with your boss.
Try these tips to further nurture your friendship:
1. Apologize promptly. Acknowledge your mistakes and ask your friend for forgiveness when you let them down. Find a way to make it up to them even it just means avoiding the same misstep again.
2.Resolve conflicts. Just like family, close friends may have clashes because they have so much invested in each other. Deal with issues directly and respectfully rather than letting them fester.
3.Pursue common interests. It’s easier to find time to get together when you pick activities that are already part of your routine. Visit art museums together or take the same spinning class.
4. Stay in touch. If other obligations are coming between you, carve out a few minutes to stay connected. Make a quick call or send a text until you’re able to plan something more significant. Just being in the same place may be enough to strike up a connection, but lasting friendships require a balanced approach to giving and taking. When you know how to cultivate strong relationships, you’re more likely to enjoy friendships that stand the test of time.