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Image taken from David Hughes. Available at Empire under Creative Commons 2. As painful as living can be sometimes, what keeps us moving onward with life is connection — real, and intimate human connection. Being heard, understood, cared for, and supported by another person is uplifting in itself; returning the favour is rewarding in its own right too. Sometimes we need help. We need an idea or a baseline for what constitutes real human connection.
They represent a rudimentary form of connection, and are vital to our happiness. So here I present four qualities:. One truth you may be uncomfortable with is that humans are innate narcissists. We enjoy talking about our ourselves, and stride at the opportunity to flaunt our own thoughts and experiences in conversation.
But we talk about ourselves in an effort to connect, not to boast; we find solace in mutual understanding. By actively listening to others, especially in times of distress, we can foster the trust and kinship humans need to flourish.
Being genuinely interested in the problems, sorrows, and anxieties of a friend in need, lays the foundation of an ideal friendship. Within us all lies a tempest that rattles and stirs the more we bottle it in. To be vulnerable is to expose the storm bare to another person. At this fragile state, we open up and lay out our skeletons for another to see. In an ideal friendship, painful memories, personal failures, and awkward thoughts are confessed in confidence, and listened to without criticism or judgement.
By confessing to our friends we reach out, and by listening to others we empathise. But vulnerability allows us to affirm our human imperfections. Artwork by Edward Hopper.
It goes without saying that life is a constant, twisting rollercoaster of ups and downs. We all need to find a place in this world. And though we tackle this endeavour alone, having good friends by our side makes the ride a lot more bearable. Every year we meet new people and form new bonds, expanding our list of Facebook friends and Instagram followers in the process. Most people we meet come and go eventually, but ideal ones stand by us along the way. We can all learn to be more confident, courageous, empathetic, or open-minded for example. Imperfect as we are, we have the power to become better people.
Knowing this, the ideal friendship should be symbiotic, in the sense that both friends grow through mutual encouragement. Ideal friends should support your growth into a better person, and not stunt or diminish it. Rabbit in Painting: Japan. Durham Colleges according to your personality type. Only two women in the UK are serving life sentences. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by .
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