Where the longetivity and comfort of relationships determines the true happiness and contentment in a human’s life, making efforts to strengthen and deepen friendships is very essential. Humans are social animals. We’re nothing without the people around who love, respect and value us. Like the F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme song goes, ‘When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year, but I’ll be there for you’. Here’s how you can go the extra mile for some super important people in your life – your friends:
Buy Them A Gift
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What possible human being doesn’t love a gift? Pay attention to what your friend has been closely eyeing and surprise them later with it as a gift! You’re a great friend who knows what makes your friend happy. While buying gifts isn’t the recipe for a lifelong friendship, it certainly is a sweet gesture that is a cherry on the cake that is your friendship.
How About A Frien-aissance?
Take a trip or plan a day doing ‘your thing’ whatever it is both of you enjoy doing. Like any other relationship, friendships also need a little push and rejuvenation every now and then. We get caught up in our daily monotony with work, family and romantic relationships with friendships in the backseat. Pick a day to celebrate your friendship every couple of weeks. On most occassions, it ends up being better than therapy.
Be Brutally Honest
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Being a true friend means that you root for your friend. That includes telling them when they’re in the wrong. It is actually a way of supporting them by not letting them choose the wrong route. Don’t sugar coat it. Even though they might take the truth bomb with a grain of salt at the moment, your friendship accounts for being far more reliable. Your friend will count on you to keep it real, no matter what.
Drop The Filters
Have the real talk. We’re too casual with the term ‘friends’. A few sweet comments on my post and a few cups of coffee later, people become ‘friends’. But that’s not the friendship for a lifetime. You need to listen and share. For a real relationship with a friend, you need to actually communicate. Sharing your vulnerabilities in that safe space is the sign of a true bond.
There a million more ways to deepen and strengthen your friendships. But the most important part would always remain to prioritize and value them no matter what you’re going through in life. Real friendships can weather the stormiest of seasons.