So many people are in frienship or have friends but don’t really know the true meaning of friendship. Also, they might really not know what is expected of them in friendship.To find out, you need to read this article.This article is going to explain; what friendship is, what behaviour is expected from a friend,what are the qualities of friends, and ways of improving friendship. So, get ready to learn about Friendship.
Friendship is a state of being emotionally attached to another person, resulting from feelings of affection. It is also a warm and intimate relationship with someone you like and trust. Friends provide a basic source of happiness, pleasure and companionship.
The importance of friendship cannot be over-emphasized. Friendship is important because: Young people learn social skills through friendship It provides opportunities for young people to share experiences and insights Skills gained in articulating feelings and thoughts will be helpful throughout life It promotes self-esteem It helps in building self-confidence It provides companionship It involves fun, sharing and caring It promotes mutual respect Appropriate inter-personal communication skills are developed
There are ways to develop friendship skills. These include: Keep secrets and build trust Develop understanding and empathy Practice active listening skills by i.Establish eye contact with the other person ii.Listen to the person without interruption iii.Listen to the person without thinking of what you will say next iv.Empathize with the person as he or she is speaking v.Use “I” statements
There are however behaviours and qualities that enhances friendship, these include: Forgiveness Trust Loyalty Ability to keep confidences Cooperation Honesty Shared interests Support during good and bad times Reliability Empathy Respect Understanding Affection Sympathy
Friendship need to be improved and the way by which it can be improved are: Having group activities Sharing information Exchanging gifts Sharing goals and aspirations Visiting each other’s family and other friends Dating, with no expectation for shared sexual activity Solving assignments together Giving support in times of trouble Making positive comments about each other Having fun together
Due to the importance of friendship, it is of utmost importance that friends must make all efforts to keep their friends and make new ones. There is a song that goes thus: “make new friends, and keep the old ones! One is silver and the other is Gold”. Old friends are like Gold and the new friends can be compared to silver. But with time, even the new friends becomes Gold. That is why you need to put quality in choosing your friends and know the behaviours that can destroy it. Behaviours that could destroy friendship include: Gossiping Disclosing confidential information Bullying Peer pressure Dishonesty Selfishness Suspicious Disrespect Misunderstanding Betrayal of trust
I hope you have learn so much about friendship and by now, you should be able to make good friends (or even you can become a good friend too) who can be trusted and relied upon in times of need. Because human being cannot live a life of solitary,it is important that we make the better of our friends/or friendship. You have learnt also, the important of friendship.
You need to review your friendship list in line with whaat you read in this article. Remember your other friends too may be doing the same. Ofcourse you should e-mail this article to all your friends too. So that together you will know how too improve your friendship and get the best out of it. Good luck.