Starting new friendships is a special task. Especially if you started at a new school or you moved into a new neighborhood.
You are going to want to form close bonds and friendships. Making new friends may come easier to some than others. It doesn't matter who you are. We've all been there before. If you want to learn how to make friends and keep friendships, read on.
Let's explore the typical journey of a friendship:
How do we make friends?
You may be asking yourself questions like, "What if they don't like me?" or "What if they make fun of me?" The truth is, we are all afraid of rejection. You are not alone in this. I remember transferring to a new school and not knowing where to begin. I had the same self-doubt. Then, one day, I pulled myself up and brushed all those doubts aside.
I joined clubs and started in activities that were like my interests. I worked on group projects with like-minded peers. I took the initiative. I asked them about their interests and their favorite things such as "Do you have any pets?" And asked them to hang out with me outside of school or they asked me. I made some awesome friends by sharing the same interests as them. The friends that saw my kindness, shared the same interests and became long-time friends.
How friendship works?
Friendships are a two-way street. That means that each person should reciprocate the same feelings you have. You should love being around your friends, chat all day long, and have a great time with them. They should feel the same way. You both should be able to confide in each other and talk freely.
Great friendships are not always about having fun, though. They should be there for you in your time of need. And you should do the same for them. If their pet dies, sympathize with them. Bring them a loving card or a note. Lend an ear and listen. That's how friendship should work. Your friends will take notice of your kindness. And when you need them, they will do everything they can do to be there for you.
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