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Friendship: The Importance of Building and Maintaining Close Bonds

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Friendship is a vital part of our social lives; it is the bond between people who share experiences, interests, and values, writes Tim Barnes-Clay.

Although it is often assumed that women are better at maintaining friendships, men also have a deep need for close friendships. Studies have shown that men who have strong friendships are happier and live longer.

In this piece, we will explore the challenges men face when building and maintaining friendships and provide some tips on forming meaningful and fulfilling relationships.

Building and Maintaining Friendships

Men often face unique challenges in building and maintaining friendships. The stereotypical image of blokes as tough and self-reliant can sometimes prevent them from reaching out to others and forming close bonds.

Moreover, societal expectations often pressure guys to focus on work and careers, leaving little time for socialising and fostering friendships. However, building and maintaining friendships is crucial for a healthy and fulfilling life.

Finding Common Interests and Activities

One way men can build and maintain friendships is by finding common interests and activities. Engaging in shared hobbies or sports – or having a pint at the pub – can be a way to meet like-minded people and develop meaningful connections.

Participating in group activities like volunteering, attending concerts, or participating in book clubs can also be beneficial in building friendships.

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Being Vulnerable and Open with Emotions

It is essential for men to be vulnerable and open with their emotions, even though it can be challenging in a society that values emotional stoicism.

Sharing personal experiences and challenges with mates can deepen the bond and build trust and intimacy, leading to more fulfilling relationships and a sense of belonging.

Blokes need to feel comfortable expressing their emotions and talking about their feelings with friends.

Prioritising Social Lives

In conclusion, men need friendships as much as women do. While building and maintaining friendships in a world that often values self-reliance and emotional detachment may be challenging, men need to prioritise their social lives and form close bonds with others.

By finding common interests and being vulnerable and open with their emotions, men can build meaningful and fulfilling friendships that can last a lifetime.

So, let’s start building those bonds and nurturing our friendships!

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