Tomorrow (July 30) is the International Day of Friendship (IDF). It is celebrated to promote friendship, understanding and respect for diversity.
This special day was declared in 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly. The idea is that camaraderie and friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
Essentially, friendships are meaningful because friends are always around to celebrate good times and provide support when you’re feeling down. As a result, friends prevent loneliness and help to increase your sense of belonging and purpose.
Here are five ways to help ensure a lasting friendship.
No matter how hectic your schedule is, ensure you make time for your friends. While it is difficult to meet your buddies for a meal during the pandemic and movement restrictions, you can still send them a text message, call or better yet, make a video call to let them know that you still care.
Love your friends regardless of their flaws. Everyone makes mistakes in life, and it is essential to embrace your friend for their quirks and imperfections. Acceptance is the key to a long-lasting friendship. And don’t talk behind your friend’s back. Gossip is a toxic habit as it leads to adverse outcomes.
A friend is like a backbone that is there for support, especially in bad times. Be empathetic and always lend a listening ear during times of need. Being genuinely caring towards someone is a requirement for a healthy friendship.
Honesty should be the foundation of a solid, long-lasting friendship. People are more likely to be hurt when the truth is concealed rather than by the fact itself.
While everyone has a right to their opinion, it is always essential to respect your friends' views. So be open-minded and allow them to have their say on things – even if you don’t share the same opinion.