Long-lasting friendships are a treasure. They require effort and consideration of each other’s feelings. Here are some tips to help your friendships grow deeper.
- Be willing to take turns. People will be more likely to enjoy spending time with you if you are open to others’ ideas and let them go first sometimes.
- Be careful not to hurt your friends’ feelings or say things that might embarrass them. But people sometimes make careless mistakes. It’s important to say “I’m sorry,” even if you didn’t mean to make a friend feel bad.
- Ask your friends if they want to do something without waiting for them to ask you first. Think about the games and activities your friends like and offer to do those things with them. It feels good to be invited and shows your friends that you enjoy spending time with them.
- Listen to your friends’ ideas and what is interesting to them. You don’t always need to share your own opinions and experiences. Just as it makes you feel good when someone shows a genuine interest in what’s important to you, your friends will feel good when you listen to what they have to say.
- When you disagree, try to be understanding of your friends’ feelings and points of view. Think about how you can compromise. For example, if you and a friend each want to play a different game, maybe you can play a little of both, or find something different to play that you can both agree on.
- Remember your friends’ birthdays and do something thoughtful for them on their special day. You could make them something from this book!
- Give your friends room to be who they are. Your friends have unique personalities, likes, dislikes, and ways of doing things. Remember, you don’t have to agree on everything! Some of the best friends are those who have very different ideas and opinions. What matters is that they respect each other, even when they disagree.