5 Things to do to Grow Friendship

Here are 5 interesting ways to help grow friendship. Enjoy!

1. Listen

Listen closely to what the other person is saying. Let that person know that you hear them. Ask clarifying questions. Summarize what you’ve heard. Though helpful, it does not always have to be through words. Eye contact and body language are also important ways of showing someone you are listening.

2. Respond carefully

Think before you speak – especially if you are angry. Sometimes, taking a moment to think about what you say before you start blurting things out will spare hurt feelings and bruised pride. Also, when friends feel it is okay to be themselves around you, they trust you. Choose your words with care.

3. Avoid consistently giving advice or trying to fix all of your friend’s problems

By all means, if a friend asks for your advice, give it. They might want you to proofread an important email before it is sent out. Maybe they are struggling with a relationship. Perhaps life is throwing them a curve ball and they need your support or insight. Don’t wiggle your way into every aspect of your friend’s life, telling them how to be the star of their own show. Give them room to process things and make their own decisions.

4. Be authentic

Be yourself. Be honest. Avoid putting up a facade. We all test our relationships by throwing something out there about our true nature. We then hide behind a corner, head peeking out, waiting for the response.

5. Be the kind of friend you want others to be for you

You want friends who are honest, kind, compassionate, fair, not judgmental, authentic, and intelligent. Be that person first and you’ll be more likely to attract that kind of friend into your life.

 

Above all, friendship is only perfected when both parties see to it that it works by following the right steps.

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