Four tips on how to be a good friend. First, reach out to them on their birthdays. Second, be supportive by showing up for important events. Third, frame grievances in the context of how to improve your friendship. Lastly, make new friends by engaging with people you see on a regular basis.
We focussed on how we can nurture relationships in February. This month we will take a more passive role by observing and reflecting. Here’s how: Listening and appreciating another point of view. Treasuring an adventure. Recalling a good time. Enjoying now by singing.
Start with a Google image search for “silly.” You will find people making funny faces who look like they are having a good time. By definition, being silly means showing a lack of common sense or judgement. Being absurd and foolish is the opposite of practical and efficient, but is it a time waster?
Take time to nurture relationships by being supportive and affectionate. Substitute listening and encouraging for nagging and criticising. Try adding a 6s hug to a loved one every day. Expect nothing in return. Watch how these nurturing behaviors will reflect back on you leaving you with a feeling of contentment.
Smiling is good for your mental health. It releases endorphins, natural painkillers, which makes you physically feel better. Plus dopamine and serotonin are released which help relax the body by lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Others will find you more attractive and trustworthy. Have I convinced you? Read on to find out how even if you are in a fowl mood.
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