People are social creatures and have a natural need to seek the company of others from time to time. Some prefer to be lonely wolves, being naturally introverted, which is OK, though even they like an occasional hug and chat with a friend. And for everyone, having a meaningful relationship with their peers, friends, family, is something of the utmost importance.
Though having a strong relationship can be tricky, as not every person operates on the same wavelength and even some small differences or mistakes can ruin a friendly bond. But there are ways to overcome this, and with these listed further down you can be sure you’ll be able to grow strong bonds with anyone dear to you.
Stay in Touch
A big part of forming a healthy relationship with anyone is staying in touch. Most people will form friendships in their youth with people they see every day in school, or in the neighborhood, but will later in life see them less and less frequently, so much so that they will hardly consider each other friends. Though this kind of bond may once have been great, it would have deteriorated over time.
“Out of sight, out of mind” as the saying goes. That is why keeping in touch, through online chatting, mail, or meeting for coffee, should be a regular habit for everyone.
Games are usually thought of as a thing for children, yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. Numerous studies show that everyone enjoys playing games whatever their age, it’s just that many adults simply don’t have the time for it, or are ashamed of “acting childish”.
But games are a great way to relax and deepen relationships! If you have a desire for meaningful connections you can try out some questionnaire games, or make one up yourself. Truth or dare is the most famous one, but as it’s mostly aimed at excitement it might not be the best choice for a family gathering.
Remember the Details
Psychologists say that better memory is a great factor in solving relationship problems. The more you can remember not only helps you choose someone’s birthday present, but it also helps you solve issues. The bargain is, of course, that if you remember something bad – you may hold onto a grudge for longer, but again, that is an issue that needs solving.
Work on Mutual Problems
“A friend in need is a friend indeed!”
Every once-in-a-while stuff happens that makes life worse, people get sick or pass away, companies go out of business, and it gets people down. You cannot expect everyone to be cheerful all the time, so neither should you behave like that.
When others who are close to you go through a tough period – make it also your problem and help them overcome it together. Solving problems makes people closer and gives a feeling of companionship few other things achieve.
Spend Holidays Together
A time of relaxing and joy, a time to spend together with people you love and celebrate a common thing. Holidays, whether religious or other, have been a bonding element of any community since the dawn of civilization.
Using this time, free from work, to get together with people you love and want to be close to is a great chance. This gives a signal to them that they are significant enough to you to spend this free time with them, which will probably have a very positive response from their side too.
Exchange Meaningful Gifts
As kids, almost everyone was happy to see Santa, because of the gifts. Later, people figured that they were the ones who are supposed to give them, so the thought process became much more complex. Especially with people who you’ve known for a long time, there is ample opportunity to use a gift to get closer to them and form a better bond.
If you are, for example, reaching out to an old friend who you’ve been seeing sparsely lately, giving them something that reminds them of your earlier strong relationship is a great way of showing you care. The other thing is true too – if you receive such a gift it should be a clear sign that they remember you fondly, and want to stay friends.
Forming relationships is tough in a lockdown, people don’t even get to meet one another. In this situation, even if that is true, holding onto and bettering existing relationships is more important than ever. That is why using these listed ways to make a stronger social bond is good for every side involved.