How To Keep Your Friendships Strong

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We’re all busy people! From work and career goals to family and household obligations, chances are, your schedule is packed. And while this can be a wonderful thing, having such a full load makes it hard to keep your friendships strong.

At the end of the day, relationships are important—whether romantic, familial, or platonic. Although there is a misconception that adulthood and the transition to starting your ‘real’ life often comes with shedding old relationships, this doesn’t have to be the case! By being intentional, carving time, and investing in your relationships, you can keep your friendships strong over time, distance, or other obstacles.

The Importance of Platonic Friendships

Friends are more than just people you happen to spend time with. While childhood relationships are often focused on proximity, play, and similar interests, adult relationships are more profound and are often developed during specific stages of your life/journey.

As an adult, your friends will be fewer, but the connections that you do have will be more meaningful.

Your friendships are at least as important as they were in childhood, just in a different way! People are always growing and changing, including adults. Your friends can keep you grounded and help you to develop good qualities as you do the same in return. Healthy friendships can also help you to sustain a positive lifestyle, strengthen your emotional wellbeing, and build your confidence, too.

Finding and Maintaining Friendships

So, how can you find and maintain these important social connections?

Finding Friendships: One way to find new friends is to be open to meeting new people. You can do this by finding a local meetup of like-minded people (for example in a local bar or a park). Here, you can easily meet other people around your age or with similar interests to you. 

Maintaining Friendships: Whether you’ve made new friends as an adult or you’re trying to hold on to an old friend, one of the best ways to keep your friendships strong is to make time. Carve out a block of time in your schedule and be intentional about what you’re doing together. 

Why Friendships Matter

Friendships (and relationships in general) are such a core component of our humanness. As we learn to work with one another, communicate, share our perspectives, and grow, finding people who are willing to grow alongside us is not only refreshing and empowering, it’s a reminder that despite our differences we are so very similar! (And we need each other!)

How To Keep Your Friendships Strong
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