This Is How To Make Emotionally Intelligent Friendships: 6 Secrets - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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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