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The Friendship Factor

The Friendship Factor

Alan Loy McGinnis

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5 Ways to Deepen your Friendships

5 Ways to Deepen your Friendships

You do not have to be an extrovert to have great friendships, here are 5 ways to deepen your friendships:

  1. Make Friendships your Top Priority,
  2. Cultivate Transparency,
  3. Dare to Talk about your Affection,
  4. Learn the Gestures of Love,
  5. Create Space in your Friendship.

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Make Friendships your Top Priority

Make Friendships your Top Priority

  • Do not fear losing someone, for the idea of avoiding hellos to prevent the pain of goodbyes is anything but a solution.
  • "It's better to have loved and lost than to have not loved at all" ~ Alfred Tennyson.
  • Make conscious choices and efforts to make friends.
  • Strong friendships free us and do not cripple us with dependence.
  • Friendship is the most valuable asset out there, be sure to invest in it.

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Cultivate Transparency

Cultivate Transparency

  • If we are more humble than a facade, if we build more windows than walls, we will have more friends.
  • Get acquainted with the hidden section in your mind that contains memories of mean selfish impulses that terrify us, that erupt occasionally.
  • Dare to take the initiative of self-revelation, sharing, and opening up.
  • This does not allow your emotional life to be an open book. You must decide how much of yourself to reveal.
  • Be sure to exercise caution, as to not damage the listener.   

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Dare to Talk about your Affection

Dare to Talk about your Affection

  • Remember, when one distills the essence of our existence, it has almost nothing to do with material wealth, it is all about love.
  • Take the initiative to declare your affection to the people you care about and see the bond growing even stronger.
  • With that be sure to be selectively elusive.
  • While trying to play it cool, don't be the unsentimental one.
  • Showing affection will only make you human.

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Learn the Gestures of Love

Learn the Gestures of Love

  • Spend time doing something together.
  • Be the one to provide help with some task.
  • While sending a gift, make sure to send a thoughtful one.
  • Just be kind, in general.

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Create Space in your Friendship

Create Space in your Friendship

  • Give others room to grow.
  • Don't be the top dog by intimidating others. Any short-term benefits received will be at the cost of long-term rewards.
  • Don't be the manipulative type (overbearing, codependent, victim), consciously or unconsciously.
  • Be cautious with criticism, and be tolerant.
  • Accept them for who they are, even if you do not approve of everything.
  • Allow for solitude, and respect their need for privacy.
  • Don't expect to be the only one that matters, rather encourage other friendships.

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