Everyone needs a strong, authentic friendship, but developing such a bond can be a challenge.
An authentic friendship goes beyond the surface-level pleasantries; it requires us to become vulnerable and break down the walls we’ve built up to protect ourselves. The roots of a deep friendship are acceptance, compassion, and respect.
With the rise of social media, we continuously find ourselves connected with other people. Still, the connection is usually superficial, with little meaning. Social media also makes it easier for us to isolate ourselves. Many of us are busy trying to make connections with our computers and smartphones. We forget that strong friendships develop through personal interaction. It takes a lot of courage to make a deep connection with someone else. It also takes time and dedication for them to grow.
Tips to create a deeper friendship
- Be honest. True friendship needs honesty. Revealing your fears and acknowledging your failures to someone you trust will make you feel better and stronger. Allow your friends to be vulnerable with you as well.
- Be encouraging. Having a true friend is like having your own personal cheerleader. They have your back and pump you up when you’re feeling down. They provide you with the motivation to conquer your fears and to move past your failures. And as a true friend, don’t forget to be supportive as well.
- Give and receive. Being a true friend means being dependable and generous, but it shouldn’t be a one-way street. An authentic friendship requires balance, in which both parties give and receive love, support, and encouragement.
- Recognize and acknowledge. Don’t just assume that your friend knows how important they are to you. Let them know. Show your love and appreciation whenever possible.
- Be you. Be the real you, flaws and all. You’re amazing just the way you are, and your real friends will love and respect you for staying true to yourself.
Friendships often experience turbulence. If you feel that your once authentic friendship is falling apart, consider these Mindful tips for improvement. If you currently don’t have a strong friendship, it’s never too late to make a new friend. Consider joining a hobby group, book club or volunteer at an organization you are passionate about.