How to have Effective Friendships

14 Nov

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Taking the time to nurture a lasting friendship is worth every single ounce of effort. As the years pass, you’ll find that some people will stay by your side, but many won’t. Friends that I had closer relationships with in high school, are now friends that I only take the time to write a “Happy Birthday” on their wall on Facebook. However, realize that each friendship you keep is priceless. To have a friend, you have to be a friend. To be a good friend, you have to establish a trusting friendship, be there for your friend during hard times, and deepen a friendship to make it last.

The number one piece of advice that I could give you is this:

INVEST, INVEST, ….. INVEST!

Like many things in life, you’re going to get out of the friendship what you put in to it. I’m not saying that friendships are about you – because they’re actually the opposite. Friendship is putting the other person, as well as their needs, before yourself, but taking the time to invest and be involved in their life.

Keep your promises, be someone that your friend can depend on, be honest, listen, and know when to apologize for mistakes that you’ve made. One of the biggest things that I’ve learned by being in college, is that I cannot do life alone. I need people who are there for me to help me, encourage me, and support me along the way. I only hope to do the same for all of my friends.

PS- Shout out to my friends for being completely awesome, all the time! You know who you are (:

“Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he’ll never give up on you… ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.” (Andy, Toy Story 3, 2010)

-xoxo, Emily

 

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2 Responses to “How to have Effective Friendships”

  1. lsanders427@au.edu November 20, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    Love this post! Friendships are so important, and you nailed this!

    XOXO,

    Leeann

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