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Guide to Friendships - Definition and Recipe for Success

By Gary R. Hess. Category: Relationship

Everyone wants friends. No matter how sheltered you are, how evil you think, how religious you are, you need a friend. Everyone does.

Nonetheless, it's sometimes difficult to know how to go about getting a friend or keeping one once they are there. This article will hopefully give you a few ideas on how to get started.

Definition of friendship

Friendship is defined as an interpersonal relationship between two or more humans or higher intelligent animals which exhibit a mutually helping behavior.

Meaning of a friendship

Being friends is a very important ordeal. Without friends, our daily problems would become distorted and seem hundreds of times worse than what they really are. Friendships help us through our bad times and give us peers to have fun with and talk to when our lives get a little shaky.

Recipe for friendship

Friendship is one of those things which come natural – something that should not be forced or lied about. When looking for a friend, be yourself. Friends will come. As for after the friendship has evolved, friends help each other and do not lie to each other, except the occasional white one. The most important aspect of a friendship, however, is trust. Without it, a friendship might as well be nonexistent.

Friends online

Finding friends online may seem easy, but is trickier than what it sounds. Many "chatters" lie about how they are and act a different way in person. No shows, exaggerations, and acting "cool" are all too common amongst internet users.

When trying to get friends on the Internet, it is important to keep your guard high and not to become too emotionally engaged in the early stages.

Of course, no matter how close your friendship is online, it will never be the same as a friendship in person. You can never hug the person, go to the Cinema together, or even have lunch together at your favorite restaurant. This should be a last resort or a friend who supplements your other friendships.

Ending a friendship

Ending a friendship may be a difficult decision. However, sometimes it is unavoidable. The best way is to tell them in person. Many people believe avoidance is the answer when ending a relationship. However, this is not a good technique in that it leaves broken hearts and anger on both sides.