Friendships and relationships with other people are very important in your life. From early childhood to late adulthood, your friendships are what keeps your life stable. You rely on interaction with friends to help you relieve loneliness and depression. Friends help you through the good times and bad days.

But have you ever wondered why it is difficult to maintain friendships and relationships? There are many reasons why friendships and relationships change. This article will discuss how to interact with friends.

Maintaining Friendships

You and your friends and classmates may have grown apart due to changes in your lives or interests. Or maybe you’ve moved to a new community and haven’t yet found a way to meet people. This happens. One example of how friendships change is when you or your best friend is moving to a new town. That can be stressful for you and your best friend because of the long-distance friendship.

It takes effort to maintain a friendship. You and your friend know that your friendship works in a two-way street. You and your friend have to support and comfort each other. A friend-to-friend bond is healthy when friends treat each other equally.

Some ways of maintaining your friendship is by listening, opening up, showing kindness, keeping personal secrets private, and making yourself available. All of these things can lead to fewer fights and arguments. Of course, arguments will happen, but it is up to you and your friend to work things out.

Making new friends

When you were in grade school, your parents helped you choose your friends. Now, as you go to college or your first job, you’ll have to learn to make friends on your own. It isn’t easy for anybody.

Some ways to meet new people are by attending community events, doing volunteer work, or mingling with classmates in your college classes. The first thing you want to do is say “Hello” and introduce yourself. This will make the other person interested in you. They will reply the same way.

Try to make plans to do some activity with them outside the class or work. Engage them in a conversation on what things they like to do. Maybe you can go to a college or local event with your peers. If you spend more time with your peers, you’ll develop a friendship.

Social Media and Friendships

You can join a chat group or an online community to make new connections with your peers. Social networking apps like Facebook Messenger allow you to communicate with peers even if you don’t have their phone numbers.

However, you need to consider your safety and privacy if you’ve only met someone online. Meeting someone online doesn’t translate to meeting someone in person unless you’re doing a video chat. Seeing friends face-to-face is as important as keeping in touch with them online.

Every once in a while, keep yourself off of social media and plan to meet with friends in person. Encourage them to not spend too much time on their phones. This helps you and your friends engage yourselves into a conversation.

How many friends should you have?

The quality of your friendships is more important than how many friends you currently have. Of course, having a lot of friends works for some people. Others choose to have three or four close friends who will support and care for you no matter what.

People keep track of how many friends they have on their social media accounts. Some people have more online connections with others. Some people don’t have a lot of friends on Facebook. If you don’t have a lot of online friends, that’s fine.

Remember that your happiness and health matter to you in life. If you have a bad relationship with someone, the best thing to do is to let it go. This is an opportunity to reconnect with another friend or make a new friend.