Do you want to learn how to build great friendships; are you finding it hard to navigate your friendships; do you want to be a better friend and attract the right people in your corner?
Then, get in here because, in this article, I will take you through five ways to build and maintain great platonic relationships!
Grab your popcorn, and let’s dive in!
1. Be intentional
This first point sets your heart for everything to learn to build great friendships!
The first thing you should know is that every friendship is a relationship, so you should take it with the seriousness that you would take a romantic relationship.
Don’t be indifferent about your friendships; even though platonic, be intentional.
If you have decided that you want someone to be your friend, you should believe that no one is perfect, and be willing to make it work.
2. Learn their love language
Many people think a love language is necessary only in romantic relationships, but every relationship needs an element of love to thrive! So, you should learn the love languages of your friends, even in platonic relationships.
It is because you may be spending time sending messages to a friend, encouraging them for all they do at work and even in your life (words of affirmation), but they’d rather spend time with you (quality time).
To know your friend’s love language, send them this test and take it too! https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/love-language
3. Be honest
This point is paramount to building great friendships.
Every relationship needs transparency, so if you want a great friend, be honest with them.
If you feel offended by their actions, tell them. If you heap up offenses in a platonic relationship, it leads to resentment, and you wouldn’t want to build a great relationship with this.
If they ask for your opinion concerning a topic, tell the truth even if it’s not something they would want to hear but make them understand your perspective.
4. Give the benefit of the doubt
I would term this “trust,” but it goes deeper than that.
When you trust someone, you also trust they want the best for you and won’t set out to hurt you intentionally. So when things do not go your way, you need to be reasonable and give the benefit of the doubt.
Taking trust a step further, you need to understand that if you are willing to believe every bad thing about your friend, you may be hurting yourself too and won’t build great friendships.
It is not to say that you should not be conscious, but if you have decided that you want someone to be your friend, you should be ready to trust them.
5. Be the friend you what others to be
This is a salient point; birds of a feather flock together, so if you want to build great friendships, you have to be a great friend too.
Decide to bring no game to a platonic relationship and expect others to bring their A-game.
Always set the tone for how you want your friendships!
I hope this was helpful because you cannot do life alone; everyone needs a friend or two. If this was helpful, share it with your friends so they can learn too!