6 ways to strengthen your friendship

May 11, 2015

Preserving a long-lasting friendship is not always easy; life can sometimes get in the way. The time to invest in friendships is imperative. They may be your lifelines one day, and you may be one for them. If you are true and are enthusiastic to open yourself up to others, you will find that there are many people who are looking for a great friendship without expectations.

6 small ways to strengthen your friendships: (They may be simple, but they are easily forgotten by most of us!) 

Don’t take your friendships for granted

Don’t forget that friendship is a choice, not a responsibility. If you don’t value your friendships, they’ll eventually disappear.

Spend time with friends

This may appear to be a no-brainer but when was the last time you actually spent quality time with your friends? Make a regular time with friends and stay in contact via email, text, or phone calls as much as possible.

Create memories together – Take a Trip!

Are you looking to relax and get away from your busy life? Why not organise a trip with friends. Creating memories with friends is invaluable.

Support their dreams.

Be positive, it is much nicer to be around someone who is genuinely supportive. When friends are lost, confused or need your advice, listen and help guide them. Don’t be quick to shoot down their dream or passion.

Excuse their shortcomings

At times, friends might upset you or anger you because of their characteristics or behaviour. If they are a good long-time friend and you value the relationship, overlook their shortcomings. Take some time to try and understand your friends actions or motives, then you can help them understand you.

Ask how you can help a friend in trouble.

Listen to your friend. There’s no better time to be a great friend than in times of hardship and trouble. You don’t have to solve the problem, but you can be a shoulder to lean on, someone to share a meal with or help with small tasks. Usually, friends who are experiencing hardship don’t reach out for fear of imposing on others. Always listen.


Remember, the greatest gift you can give a friend is to be YOU.

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