During these celebrations, people take time out of their busy schedules to let their friends know how important they are. Friends may spend time together, share a meal, talk on the phone, connect via social media, or exchange small gifts like cards and friendship bracelets.
In 2011, to emphasize the important role friendships play in creating a peaceful world, the United Nations declared July 30 to be the International Day of Friendship. Every year on this date, people celebrate not only their existing friends, but also take part in efforts to build new intercultural and international friendships that can encourage cooperation in our global community.
Here are three ways to encourage friendship:
1- Call your friend up and chat. There’s arguably nothing more awkward (or annoying) than receiving a call or an email from someone you haven’t heard from in ages who acts as if you’re best buds or assumes you know (or care) about their current life. It’s disingenuous and ineffective. On the other hand, glossing over a long-term lapse in communication is akin to ignoring the elephant in the room. You both know it’s out there.
2- Give them a social media shout out with a reason why they are your friend. We all have a few dozen ways to use social media. Try using it for some good.
3- Spend some much needed time actively listening to your friend.