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Three Ways to Be Supportive Towards Your Friends

Being supportive towards our friends is important as it builds trust, strengthens our bond and helps us during times of stress when our demands in life are high and our resources are low. There are many ways we can offer support towards our friends, below are just three ways we can help our friends during life’s trials.

 

Words of encouragement and hope

 

It is one of the most basic human needs to have hope for the future. In times of despair one of the best ways we can be thoughtful towards others is to lift them up by offering encouragement and hope. Words can be very powerful and the act of encouraging your friends can give them hope for a better future, empowering them to make positive changes which will improve their lives.

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Why Building Strong Friendships is Important for Our Health Part Three

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Last week we looked at the importance of regular contact with our friends, asking questions and listening intently. This week we explore what role empathy, support, thoughtfulness and expressing your feelings play in developing strong friendships.

 

4. Empathise

 

It’s important that our friends feel understood. Actively listening improves our understanding of our friends reasoning but we also need to imagine how we would feel if we were in their situation, we need to see things from their perspective.

 

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