Friday, March 31, 2017

How to Invest in Your Friendships

Friendship is a powerful tool for preventing relapse. In fact, studies show that people with close, personal relationships are less prone to anxiety and depression and have a greater overall life satisfaction. 

Unfortunately, for many of us, it’s pretty easy to take friendships for granted – and that’s not the best way to preserve or enrich them. Cultivating lasting, loving friendships takes time and effort – and it’s a two-way street. When one side is giving significantly more than the other, it’s never a good thing. 

Taking the time to improve your communication skills so you can continue to grow closer, on the other hand, will help ensure lasting, meaningful relationships. Start nurturing your connections today with these exercises.

Reflect and record. What three things do you value most about your friend? What three things could you do to be a better friend? Write down these answers and then have an open, honest dialogue. You may even ask your friend to perform the exercise, too, so the conversation isn’t one-sided. 

Be a good listener. Are you really concentrating when your friend talks or are you just waiting for your turn to speak? Next time you’re having a conversation, give your full attention and pause before responding right away. Think carefully about what your friend needs to hear from you right now.

Be fully present. Good communication is key to a lasting friendship, so make sure you ask questions about the other person’s life and interests and then really listen to the responses. Make eye contact and put down that phone! 

Forming Friendships at HAUS
A fundamental part of the HAUS program is showing you how to enjoy people and have fun. Several 12-step groups meet nearby, and clients are invited to visit and enjoy the support and fellowship of others living in sobriety. To learn more about our sober living services and activities, call today: 888-551-4715.

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