Making friends is not always easy – just ask any child in the school playground. Although you might think the fact you’re older and wiser means that making friends is easier, you’d be wrong.
Here were look at everything you need to know about making friends to ensure you get it right – taking inspiration from this great post on Huffington Post.
There’s always room for more
There’s no limit on the amount of friends you can have in your life and that means there’s always room to make more connections. Once you enter the world of work, you’ll find that there are numerous more opportunities to make friends – or network – and it’s important you grab them with both hands.
According to the article on Twinings Infusions content hub on Huffington Post, at least one in three adults meet at least one of their closest friends at work. More than just improving personal situations and giving you another chum to spend your leisure time with, work friendships can actually improve your emotional health, lower stress and boost productivity so it’s an avenue worth pursing!
Know what’s good for you
Not all friendships or relationships are productive but having a diverse group of contacts is incredibly health with numerous benefits reported.
Close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50% – a Gallup survey claims – and cortisol levels (a key indication of stress) are 21% higher than more socially connected people. Those who have diverse social circles are also more resilient to common ailments such as colds, giving your immune system and general health a little boost.
According to Anne Cronin, who led research into work friendships, these ties “may have particular resonance as they ‘throws people together’ to facilitate friendships which might not have developed elsewhere”.
In short, work provides new opportunities for social interaction and helps you improve all aspects of your life by diversifying the friendships and connections that you make.
Treasure your connections, don’t squander them!
The final tip for those looking to learn all they can about building friendships is to treasure them – not squander them. Helping you to starve off colds, stay happy and feel less stressed, the benefits of friendships are clear and it’s vital that you treasure and nurture all connections you’ve made.
As Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a Brigham Young University psychologist, explained:
“We take relationships for granted as humans […] that constant interaction is not only beneficial psychologically but directly to our physical health.”