Friendships are extremely important for our well-being, on all levels. No matter one’s age or circumstances, it’s never too late to make new friends or reconnect with old ones. According to a HelpGuide article by Lawrence Robinson, Greg Boose, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., having strong friendships:
Here are some positive attributes to look for when seeking out friends:
Tips for being more friendly and social (even if you are shy):
How to meet people:
Resources for help with making friends:
When I was in grade school, I made a life-long friend. After we graduated from high school, we each went to college and obtained employment in different cities. Nevertheless, throughout the many years, we stayed in touch—visiting each other, writing letters, and making phone calls, as we supported each other through the ups and downs of our lives. When we encountered differences of opinion or problems, we discussed the situations in an honest and forthright way. This openness allowed us to not only understand and accept each other in a new way, but also created a deepening of our relationship. I feel fortunate to have such a friend!
Thinking over your friendships, past and present, which ones stand out as your closest companions? What qualities do they have that make them so? Are you currently content with your friendships, or are there ways you would like to go deeper? All comments are most welcome!