This Is How To Make Emotionally Intelligent Friendships: 6 Secrets - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
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A study on longevity found that it was not weight, eating habits, exercise, air pollution, etc. that affected how long someone lives.
Only two things made a huge difference:
Most studies show that natural human communities and personal social networks have a typical size of about 150.
Friendships are fragile. If you don't take care of those relationships, they will disappear.
Friendships are more fragile than family and need more care. While nobody likes to lose friends, you can expect to lose a good friend about every two years.
You have to be deliberate with your friendships. Friendships need regular face-to-face contact if you want to keep them.
The depth of friendships is more important than frequency. Sharing emotional experiences and events with one another is a critical element.
When people share intense ups and downs, it creates a bond that cannot be easily broken. So, be vulnerable. Open up. Ask for advice. Share what you're going through emotionally.
Research indicates the common factors that predict how satisfied people are with the gathering:
The biggest point to note is to limit the small talk and open up and communicate meaningful stuff.
A study showed that our behaviour is most influenced by those we are close to.
If you improve, it is likely that you both will improve. So help them become a better person by working on yourself.
Studies show that people said thanks 5.5% of the time to friends and family. We simply expect family and friends to accept our request as a matter of course. We show more gratitude to strangers.
A little gratitude can go a long way in maintaining relationships. If you messed up, apologize.
We have something like a fixed "friendship budget." Extroverts may have more friends, but their friendships are not as close as those of introverts. We spend about 3,5 hours a day on social interaction. Your closest 5 friends get 40%, the other 10 in the group of 15 get the next 20%. And the last 135 friends get about 37 seconds a day.
The lesson is that you can't add time; you can only distribute it differently. Know who is important to you and prioritise them.
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