Dos and Don’ts of Friendship — the Road to Meaningful Connections
First things first: We have heard it a little too often that there are no apologies or thank you in friendships because “good friends understand without a word”. Trust me — that is the biggest fallacy that could be present within the sphere of friendship.
It actually births the idea that your friends are not important enough for you to share the purest of human emotions with them. To tear down this conception is the first step to having wonderful, lasting friendships. So jot this down: You can be honest and emotional with your friends and still be cool as heck!
Now let’s move on to the dos and don’ts; what are the things you should be mindful of when dealing with friends?
Do call/show up and check up on them regularly. Let them be sure of your absolute presence in their life so they can depend on you in times of need.
Do share their joy when they accomplish something instead of being passively envious. Be as happy for them as you are for your own victories.
Don’t talk behind your friend’s back. You should not give in to curiosity or gossip and speak directly to your friend about it.
Do stay attentive and conscious about your friend’s feelings about something even when they are trying not to express them. If you feel that your friend is uncomfortable with an activity, a place, or a person, oblige them and get out of that situation.
Do talk honestly when your friend wants an opinion on something instead of misleading them.
Do care about their individual interests and hobbies as much as you do your own. And don’t make them feel silly for it if their interests are not “cool” in others’ view.
Don’t trivialize their feelings. Do listen to them with love and care and give good advice rather than dismissing their feelings as frivolous.
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