As we all cool off from the butterflies of the season of love, we need to remember the other types of relationships in our lives and make sure our friends get our love too. Having good friends is great for your mental health and helps relieve stress alongside boosting your happiness that’s why nurturing friendships is very important.
Sharing your life with someone doesn’t always need to be in the form of a significant other. Partners can come and go, but your friends will always be there through different seasons in your life.
Take care of your friends and pay them a bit more attention with these five tips:
Know Your Worth As A Friend
You must believe that you have something to offer. Nobody is perfect, but everybody has a good side. You have to believe in your sauce. There are people in this world that will like your personality. You have to step away from those who do not appreciate you.
Focus On Quality Over Quantity
When you consider nurturing friendships, less is more. You only need a few good friends, not many acquanitances. Friends that will be happy for you and celebrate when things are good, and mourn with you when things are bad.
You do not want to be the person who is lonely in a crowd. Having one good friend is better than being surrounded by acquaintances or thousands of followers on social media. Selecting the ones with similar values may take some time, but finding one good friend is always worth it.
When you are comfortable with your friends, you should want to open up to them. Let them know how work is going, what you want to achieve next, what makes you sad, and so on. Some prudence is required in this for sure. There are some things you may want to keep to yourself. Just remember that relationships are all about sharing your life with people, and they, in turn, share their lives with you. The only way your friends can know you better is to open your heart to them. That requires trust and vulnerability.
Don’t Take Disappointments Personally
Human beings are bound to fail at some point, even you. Even your best friends will offend you at some point. You will also offend them at some point. Try to take simple disappointments with a pinch of salt. Good friends have your interest at heart, and many such disappointments result from honest mistakes. Don’t allow petty issues to build wedges between you and your friends. Let them go.
Speak Their Love Language
Be intentional about spending time with friends. Plan activities. Give them gifts to appreciate them. Find out the love languages that resonate with them.
Friends offer lifetime support and push you towards achieving your highest good. Nurturing friendships that will stand the test of time, share in your joys and sorrows at every turn in your life can be the difference between a life filled with joy and one prone to low moods due to isolation and loneliness. Maintaining friendships and finding new ones in adulthood may not always be the easiest thing, but it is definitely worth it.
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