In our hearts, we are social creatures. Even the most introverted of us require social interaction from time to time. Even if it is just a few, having trusted friends helps make our lives a little brighter and more fulfilling. As we grow, age and transition, it can be harder to maintain these friendships. Luckily, if you remember these nine tips, you will be able to maintain any friendship.
Nine powerful tips you can use to maintain friendships
- Be Honest
Most of our relationships are based on honesty. If we aren’t honest with our friends (and vice versa), then our whole friendship might be predicated on these falsehoods. We should be honest with our friends because they deserve it.
- Learn to Keep Secrets
There will be times when our friends need us to keep a secret. Now, of course, these shouldn’t be secrets that hurt other friends, but we should be willing to keep secrets for the most part. It’s important friends know they can trust us.
- Make Time For Friends
We need to strive to make time for our friends. We all live our own fast-paced lives, but it’s important to carve out at least a little time for our friends. What’s the point of friendship if we don’t even have time for the people in our lives?
- Show Up When Needed
It is especially important to make time for our friends when they need us most. In times of great need, who do we want support from? Our friends! The same is true for them as well.
- Give Friends Space
While we need to spend time with friends, we also need to give our friends space when they need it. We can’t take it personally if our friends ask for a little space, it’s likely they need it, and it doesn’t reflect on us at all.
- Take It Easy
We need to try and remember that we all have our own lives. Sometimes plans will fall through. Life happens to all of us, so we need to keep our expectations in check when dealing with our friends.
- Show Your Appreciation
While most of our best friendships don’t require much management, it’s still important that we share our appreciation with our friends. It’s always nice to know that someone cares and appreciates us, so make sure your friends know it.
- Address Your Misunderstandings
Even the best friendships will have their fair share of misunderstandings. The key is to make sure these misunderstandings don’t linger or take a turn for the worse. We need to address any issues we have with our friends in a timely and mature fashion.
- Be a Positive Force
This might be the most important tip of all. When it comes to our friendships, we should strive to be a positive force. We should build our friends up, support them and introduce positivity into their lives.
- Think about your most important friendships. Who are the people in your life that you count on being there?
- Reach out to a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Check in to see how they are doing.
- Show your appreciation to someone you care about. It could be as simple as a message or something more substantial like a gift.