Cultivate Good Friendships

Cultivate good friendships and add true richness to life. To have friends, prove yourself friendly. Don’t expect them to contact you if you never make any effort to contact them. Friendship takes work, but the work is worth it.

Time with friends refreshes and renews. Arguably it lets you tackle your work with greater enthusiasm and focus. And during times of crisis, friends are often the first line of defense against spiraling into inactivity and negativity.

To manage your time well, include friends. Don’t discount these vital social relationships. While you may not see how they directly impact productivity, know that they do. People with good friends tend to get more done with greater fulfillment and effectiveness.

“Busyness is the great enemy of relationships. We become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills, and accomplishing goals as if these tasks are the point of life. They are not. The point of life is learning to love – God and people. Life minus love equals zero.”

Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

Five Days of Action

A huge part of a rewarding and effective life comes from good friendships. Ask yourself today how much you have invested in your friendships. Friendship takes work. How are you doing with yours?

Resolve to spend some time with a friend or friends this week. Enjoy their company. Have fun together. Relax. Share.

Think about those friends who are there for you when life seems to go off the rails … the friends who listen without judgment, who care, who inquire about your welfare, who don’t have any other agenda. Be thankful for them. Contact them. Tell them you are glad to have their friendship.

Good relationships with people make for greater effectiveness at work. Why? Friends reduce stress. They give you another avenue for your thoughts and activities. Encourage your key people in their friendships. Life isn’t all about work.

Today, prove yourself friendly to those you don’t know. Greet them. Be cheerful. It doesn’t have to be formal or long. Be a happier you and lift the spirits of those you come into contact with.