Friendships are mutually beneficial relationships. Good friendships can prolong life, reduce the risk of depression, provide support during challenging times, and provide directions to steer you back on course. So, maintain your good friendships, and make new ones by doing the following:
- Take your relationships with acquaintances to a higher level. Initiate interaction by showing concern and support toward them.
- Enroll in a class. Many classes require students to work in teams. This is a great way to meet people while you combine forces to work on activities.
- Take a workshop. While you learn a craft or develop a hobby, you can meet other like-minded people. Starting a conversation about a project you’re working could be the beginning of a new friendship.
- Volunteer with an organization. You will be able to make friends with other volunteers while doing something rewarding.
- Join a church. Many churches have a variety of auxiliaries, such as choirs, lay person’s classes, outreach departments, and prayer circles.
- Join a club or organization that supports your interests. A book club or writing circle offers you an opportunity to engage in dynamic discussions. Many local public libraries offer clubs and discussions.
- Join a team. Developing camaraderie is a great way to develop connections with team members. Begin by joining a bowling team.
- Join a support group. Identify areas of your life you need to improve. Bond with others and take advantage of the mutual support you can provide.
Show yourself friendly by initiating interactions: ask questions, share information and opinions, be an empathetic listener, and smile--it's contagious.
Am I my brother’s keeper? Your brother may be your keeper?
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Valeo, T. (2005-2014). WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/good-friends-are-good-for-you?page=1