Chances are, you will also start to spend more time with your friends, and maybe talk on the phone more.
Everyone needs friends, and you probably have always had at least one.
A friend is defined as a person you know well and regard with affection, trust, and respect.
Primarily, you’ll go through the act of losing your identity when you start dating.
This is because you’re still not sure how this relational dance works very well.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to bridge any distance, whether literal or metaphorical, and keep in touch with friends.
This Wednesday: 8 tips for maintaining friendships.Making and keeping friends can be particularly tough if you are shy or unsure of yourself.The best way to make new friends is to be involved in activities at school and in the community where there are other people your age.Studies show that if you have five or more friends with whom to discuss an important matter you’re far more likely to describe yourself as “very happy.” Not only does having strong relationships make it far more likely that you take joy in life, but studies show that it also lengthens life (incredibly, even more than stopping smoking), boosts immunity, and cuts the risk of depression. One of the biggest obstacles to keeping friendships going is It takes time to email, to call, to make plans, to send holiday cards, to remember birthdays. Some people argue that technology hurts friendships, because it encourages people to stay tapping behind a computer screen rather than see people face-to-face. Meeting in a group is efficient, because you see a lot of people at once; it also means you’re creating a social network, not just a one-off friendship. Think about what level and type of social activity brings you happiness, then make the effort to make it happen. I have several friends whose spouses I’ve never met.It can be challenging to make the first overtures of friendship (here are some tips for being likable). At the extreme, this is a bad thing, but for me, at least, technology lets me keep in touch with more friends in a wildly more efficient way. It’s a lot easier to maintain friendships with people if you have several friends in common. I have online friends whom I’ve never met face-to-face.As you get older, some of your friendships will start to change, and some may grow deeper.