People are social beings, and connection with others is an important part of our lives. #4 of Lessons for Living from Psychology Today, is SOCIAL NETWORKS MATTER. While Facebook is a helpful way to maintain connections with lots of people, sometimes we need deeper connections that require more care to develop.
Close Friends & Immediate Family (Spouse, children, mother, father, sisters, brothers)
- Use Conversation Starters – Make a Conversation Starter Jar Another version
- Schedule fun activities
- Seasonal bucket lists
- Use a Jar O Love
Friends & Extended Family (cousins, aunts & uncles, nephews)
Acquaintances (Club members, co-workers, classmates, etc.)
Professional Support System (Teachers, Doctors, other paid service providers and agencies)
- Holiday card
- Thank-you card
- Candy gifts of appreciation
Brighten Their Day!
- Facebook post
- Send an email, card, or letter
- Celebrate special occasions
- Send thank-you notes
- Go for coffee
A little higher level of attention:
- Perform a Random Act of Kindness
- Help with something they need
- Share hobbies and interests
- Start conversations
- Attend a conference and network
For your closest relationships:
- Use their Love Language
- Schedule a Date night or Kids Day Out
- Invite to dinner
Friendships are like flowers in the garden of life, which require care to flourish. We develop and maintain connections with attention and appreciation. The amount of time spent and level of connection will depend on the closeness of the relationship. Understand about boundaries and how to set them. Relationships, like conversation, consist of a well balanced give and take.
Read more about Support Systems
This is one of the weekly activities for a Year of Personal Development.