Since you’ve taken this quiz, I’ll share with you some strategies which are effective in strengthening your current friendship. My reason for doing this is the reported benefits of having well established social connections which include, increase in happiness levels, reduction in stress levels, and also longevity. Here are 7 ways to strengthen your social connections.
1. Have regular conversations
Whether it’s about asking them how their day went, or recapping a popular event you attended together, conversations are no doubt one of the best ways of strengthening your already existing bond and increasing happiness levels. Although it’s never a bad idea to FaceTime, make it a point to have conversations in person if you can. Some brief advice: to make the best out of your conversation, apply good listening skills, and also be passionate about the topic of your discussion.
2. Hang out
Depending on your schedule, things can really get tight to a point where you see free time as that opportunity to take a rest. But if you want to prolong your friendship(s), do your best to spend some with each other even if it’s a few minutes per week. Meet up at that local coffee shop or link up at a supermarket and shop some groceries for home.
3. Learn to empathise
Your friendships are not always going to be rosy. There are times a person within your social circle might face tough situations where the only way for them to pull through is being that shoulder for them to lean on. Try to hear them out, be calm with them – even if they are at fault – and provide some solutions because they will need it. Being empathetic is the perfect way of proving to them that you value your friendship.
4. Keep it a 100
For fear of what others might think, we tend to base our feedback on what we feel will make them happy. The fact of the matter is, you’re gradually destroying them by doing that. Keeping it real with friends can be seen as harsh and unhealthy in the beginning, but in retrospect, they will realise you are the type who has their best interest at heart. So don’t tell your friend to take a certain course of action because you think they’ll frown upon hearing what you have to bring to the table.
5. Learn to apologise
Always issue a sincere apology when you are at fault. During your usual discourse, differing opinions may arise which may lead to verbal exchanges or altercations you might later regret. Since this is completely normal, the least you can do is to let them know how sorry you are. This will remind them of the fact that you’re aware and show remorse for hurting their feelings.
6. Create boundaries
This is something people forget to set early on. Setting boundaries is your way of telling a friend that your friendship comes with stipulations – that you expect to be treated in a certain manner. This helps create mutual respect in your friendship. Setting boundaries can include letting a friend know that you need some time to yourself after you close from work.
7. Build trust
At the core of every good/ long lasting friendship is a strong foundation where trust resides. There are going to be times where your friend shares all kinds of secrets with you simply because they have grown to confide in you. For your friendship to stand the test of time, never let the cat out of the bag because lost trust is difficult to regain.
Hope this was helpful. Share with all your loved ones.
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