Friendships are one of the most cherished and shot after relationships in the world. Good Friends are the most valuable possession in human life. They have a colossal effect on your health and happiness. Good friends mitigate stress, offer comfort and joy, thwart solitude and seclusion, and even toughen your physical health. But good friendships don’t just occur automatically. Many of us find it difficult to meet people and establish meaningful acquaintances.
Good Friends are those who love and support you for what you are, what you do, and the way you think. Just make out what makes a good friend. Whatever your age or situation, though, it’s never too late to build new friendships, reunite with old ones, and develop your social life significantly.
Why Friends are Important
Our society is largely functioning by taking ‘family’ as the basic unit of companionship. Thus a lot of importance has been given to romantic associations. Nuptial ties are seen as the strongest bond. But in reality, in most of the marital bonding individualism, egoism, and materialism dictates the “relationship landscape”.
Friendship is relatively more unbounded, self-less, and serene. You may get that companionship from different other forms of relationships and/or associations. But friendship will prevail upon all other relationships.
“Friendship manifests itself where other relationships fail to appear.”
― R. K. Baral
Benefits of Good Friendship
While developing and maintaining friendships takes time and effort, good friends can: impact your life positively. A number of studies show that – A good friendship is an anti-depressant, emotionally boosting, and brings a load of positivity into your everyday life. Good Friends are priceless.
Socrates once opined – “There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend.”
- Reduce your stress and depression
- Pacify your aggression
- Enhance your mood
- Shape your personality
- Help you to realize your dreams
- Support you in the time of needs
- Heighten your self-esteem
How to Acquire Good Friends
Making new friends can be daunting, but it’s certainly gratifying. After all, good friends form a vital part of your life. They will be always available for you in both good and bad times in your life. Life would have been very different for you without your Good Friends. Isn’t it?
Given below are 5 Tips for you. Follow them to Acquire Good Friends the Most Valuable Possession in Life.
1. Open Your Mind & Heart
When nurturing a friendship whether new or old, always try to accept him/her as he/she is. Try to understand your friend to the fullest. Differences will always be there but that’s the beauty of the game. Don’t be judgemental. Give a friendship ample opportunity to blossom.
2. Know Your Friend More
If you want to turn your friendship into the most valuable possession of your life, then try to understand your friend from all angles. Also, be open to sharing your backgrounds, interests, life-goals, aspirations, etc. with your newly acquired friends.
3. Be Genuine, Be Honest
It is a little difficult to acquire good friends but more challenging is to nurture these relationships so that it becomes the most valuable possession in life. You should be honest in your dealings and genuine in your intimacy, interactions, and transactions.
4. Be Who You Are
Don’t try to protect yourself differently in front of your friends trying to impress him/her. It may work for a few days to fool others (read, fooling self) to show, share, and present both sides of you “maskless”. Always be who you are so that you will get friends who they are – without any disguise.
5. Take the First Initiative
Many a time you might have lost many friends because of your shyness to start a conversation. Don’t wait for others to take the first step. Take the first step towards this great relationship. Say hello…ask him/her – how was the day…and similar stuff.
Friendship is really an amazing bonding, a relationship of mutual affection. You should acquire good friends, as many of them are possible, and nurture your friendship to make it the most valuable possession in life.
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Written By: Ranjan Kumar Baral