By: Adnan Ali Chishti
We experience many relationships in our lives like father, mother, siblings, uncle and aunt. However, given the divine nature and sacredness of the relation called “Friendship”, it is often insisted that “Poor is he, who does not have friends.” Or “Happiest are the couples that are good friends first then spouses.” Researchers suggest that the happy couples are more likely to live 10% longer, and become richer than those unhappy.
Keeping in view such significance, International Day of Friendship is celebrated on July 30 every year. The day promotes the role of friendship to spread love, peace and harmony, reconciliation, solidarity, mutual understanding and togetherness all over the world.
In order to comprehend the varying levels of friendship, one needs to understand “The Social Penetration Syndrome” of human psychological behavior. It proposes that, as relationships develop, interpersonal communication moves from relatively shallow, non-intimate phases to deeper, more intimate ones.
Nonetheless, the fast changing world has subsequently brought multiple challenges in the face of friendship; costing not just its growth, but also its survival.
Strengthening the bond via latest trends
With the advent of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Whats App, Snapchat and etc.; it is now much easier to stay connected to friends like never before.
I remember getting hocked by a post on Facebook, which said: To remind your friend of your thoughts for him or her, go over the timeline and start liking, commenting and sharing posts. This could be used as a tool to bring round the upset friends as well. Always Remember: what goes around, comes around! And you may start bracing the same from your friends soon.
Many a times; things, places, and scenes around you, strike a reminder of your certain friends. In such situations, it is advisable to take a picture or record a video and share on social media tagging those certain friends unless it is offensive.
We all have fond memories from our past and many of us log those memories to maintain a careful record of them. You may, from time-to-time, share some snaps from those memories on social media and kick start a chain of conversation off it.
Points to Ponder:
Seeking attention from friends is a challenging task these days, for which, following steps may be of great help:
Things to avoid
Friends often remember one another on special occasions. However hard you may try to attend marriage or any happy occasion, it is rather important to leave no stone unturned to attend the death or funeral of the loved ones of your friends, since it is the time when a friend needs a friend more than ever. Remember, a friend in need is a friend indeed.