TIPS: How to Maintain Friendships in 2013

This month of tips will be devoted to Friendship.

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Here are some tips on maintaining friendships in 2013:

With so much going on these days, how does one keep up with old friends? (Especially if said friends are not on Facebook or other social media!). Here are a couple helpful tips on keeping friendships fresh in today’s fast-paced world. More tips are to come throughout the month of September, aka Friendship Month here on Playing Grown-Ups:

TIP #1 – KEEP YOUR PROMISES: When you make plans or promises, don’t go back on your word. If you tend to forget things, make a phone reminder- (heck, make 10 if it’ll help!) If you say “I’ll call you back later”, don’t forget. (Again, phone reminders are very handy.) After a while, your words lose meaning, and your friendship value drops. I’ve always hated saying “no” to people, so I tend to be an “over-yesser”. While I do WANT to spend all my time hanging out with friends, I’ve had to scale back when promising get-togethers. I’m trying my best to only make plans when I’m 100% available. It’s hard, but I work on it one phone conversation at a time.

TIP #2 – KEEP COMMUNICATION OPEN: If something is upsetting you in a friendship, tell your friend. If your friend hurt you, don’t be afraid to tell them. Keeping grudges only breeds resentment that can unravel a friendship. If you are going through a tough time, opening up to a friend for advice or help can bring you closer.

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**For the record, Carvel Ice Cream is my most favorite thing in the whole entire world. (Yoo-Hoo is a close second). The first boy in the cartoon does in no way reflect this website’s feelings at ALL.**

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If you missed last week’s tips, click here.

Playing Grown-Ups will only be posting three times a week for the month of September: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Come back on Monday to see what’s new! 

~ Sherri <3

 

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