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Writer John Hay said, “Friends are the sunshine of life.” How right he was. Friends add love, light and happiness to our lives. Dr George Vaillant, the chief investigator of the world’s longest study into what makes us have happy and satisfying lives, found being able to have good relationships is a key ingredient for happiness. What are some ways to boost happiness in our relationships and friendships? Here are 20 ideas.

1 Have Good Communication

Have Good Communication

Good communication is a cornerstone of happy friendships. We are often friends with people because we are on the same wavelength, and get along well together.

Some essentials of good communication are to think before we speak, and be sensitive to our friend’s feelings and situation. If you are unsure what to say, think of something to say and then imagine how you would feel if your friend said that to you. Would you feel angry? Sad? Happy? Be tactful, empathetic and kind.

Respect other people’s points-of-view, even if we disagree with them. We can’t expect to agree with everything everyone says, but we can respect different viewpoints.

2 Make Our Friends Feel Good

Make Our Friends Feel Good

Most people want to be happy. Make others happy and they’ll want to be around us. Be upbeat and positive, and this happiness will rub off onto others.

People remember how we make them feel, so make them feel happy, and leave them with good memories.

3 Have Enough In Common

Have Enough In Common

If we don’t have something in common with our friends, is it worth keeping the friendship? I believe we need at least one thing in common with a friend, or we need to question whether we really are friends, and if it’s worth keeping the friendship.

4 Put Time Into Friendships

Put Time Into Friendships

Like any relationship, we need to put in the time to keep a friendship alive. We contact some friends often, some now and then, and others we don’t see for years, but we are still friends, and need to make time to nurture the friendship if we want it to continue.

5 Focus On The Good In Our Friends

Focus On The Good In Our Friends

Good communication is a cornerstone of happy friendships. We are often friends with people because we are on the same wavelength, and get along well together.

Some essentials of good communication are to think before we speak, and be sensitive to our friend’s feelings and situation. If you are unsure what to say, think of something to say and then imagine how you would feel if your friend said that to you. Would you feel angry? Sad? Happy? Be tactful, empathetic and kind.

Respect other people’s points-of-view, even if we disagree with them. We can’t expect to agree with everything everyone says, but we can respect different viewpoints.

6 Praise Our Friends

Praise Our Friends

Most people want to be happy. Make others happy and they’ll want to be around us. Be upbeat and positive, and this happiness will rub off onto others.

People remember how we make them feel, so make them feel happy, and leave them with good memories.

7 Be Cautious With Criticism

Be Cautious With Criticism

How we word criticism and how often we give it can make or break a friendship. Simple tweaks in how we word criticism can make a huge difference to how happy our friendships are. Be kind and tactful when wording criticism. Think constructive criticism, not destructive criticism.

8 Practice The 50-50 Guideline

Practice The 50-50 Guideline

A person I once knew told me this guideline she applied to her friendships: for half the time let the other person talk, discuss their problems and so on, and for half the time you talk…This helps prevent one person from dominating the conversation. If, however, one person likes being more talkative in a friendship and the other one likes being quieter, this idea might not be relevant.

9 Be Genuinely Interested In Our Friends

Be Genuinely Interested In Our Friends

If we don’t show an interest in our friends, they will probably notice. Be genuinely interested in their lives, hobbies, children…Everyone wants to feel their friends care about them, their loved ones, and what interests them.

10 Don’t Betray Trust And Confidence

Don’t Betray Trust And Confidence

Don’t gossip. If a friend tells us something in confidence, keep it to ourselves. Obviously, if they do something illegal, immoral, or a danger to themselves or others… we might have to break their confidence.

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To teach our kids to be tough and with each blow life delivers to knock us down, we need to get up, dust ourselves off and pick up where we left off. The more times we start again, the colder and more jaded we become.

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Some people believe that showing tough love is an important way to ensure that their children are able to take care of themselves in the future. If you were the recipient of this approach on a regular basis, you might even believe that this has had a positive impact on your life.

Perhaps what’s needed is a shift in attitude. To become stronger and resistant to the tribulations of life, maybe the answer is that we need to become softer not tougher. Maybe what the world needs is more nurture.

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