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Relationships Sundays

Friends & Acquaintances

Moving From Acquaintance To Friend

Do you have a lot of acquaintances but not too many friends? If so, I’d say you are not alone.

Statistics are showing that we are the loneliest society that has ever been alive right now - that means that there are a lot of people who need real friendships.

That’s why I want to encourage you today to be the friend that you wish you had. That starts with making some invites. Think about the last time you were invited out for dinner or coffee from someone you didn’t know too well. It’s intimidating.

But if we want to stop being the loneliest people, we have to start doing some hard things.

I would venture to say that your acquaintances are a good place to start in the journey of making new friends. You probably have an idea of who you feel like you could connect well with - so send them a message or call them up and invite them out for a coffee. 

If one-to-one conversations with people you don’t know well feel stressful, then plan an activity or host an event with a group. 

Here’s the thing - you can’t make real, deep friendships without some sort of vulnerability. And vulnerability can be scary. You have to do it anyway.

I am currently working through this process right now in an attempt to make some real friendships. In fact, I’m having coffee with an acquaintance tomorrow because I am recognizing the lack of real friendships in my life. I am doing the hard and scary things to change that up. 

Being the loneliest people in history is a choice - and choosing a different path is challenging but definitely worth the effort.

Tell me, will you reach out to an acquaintance this week to start building some new relationships?

Recommended Book

Growing Friendships

Jul 18, 2017
ISBN: 9781582705880

Interesting Fact #1

Your relationship with close friends is generally stronger and deeper than an acquaintance. Real friends base their relationships on connection, mutual trust, and support.


Interesting Fact #2

Friends typically share more of their lives with each other and try to stay in touch even beyond specific contexts or events.


Interesting Fact #3

You don’t look to a mere acquaintance for emotional support, and similarly one they turn to for support. You both have more of a “friendly” relationship than an emotionally supportive one.


Quote of the day

"A friend to all is a friend to none." -Aristotle

Article of the day - Friends or acquaintances

Having relationships is an important aspect of our life. It helps us develop skills, communication ties and it makes our life better. You may ask how does it make it better? Well having a relationship either romantic or platonic is not only beneficial for our social life but also for our mental health. Having someone to go to cinema or shopping or play football allows us to bond and form strong ties. Those bonds are also important when it comes to having a shoulder to cry on or just having someone to laugh with. In short, our lives are better when we have some kind of relationship with someone.

In this article I will focus on friendship. I will discuss the differences between having a friend and an acquaintance and I will write few tips on how to make friends. Magazines describe a friend as someone who will laugh at you before picking you up, while an acquaintance will pick you up just after you fall. I think there is some truth in this statement. A friend is a person who will laugh at you just to turn an awkward situation into a funny memory later on. An acquaintance is a person who will help you up, ask if you’re alright and won’t mention the fall again. You see the truth is there is no specific meaning to the word friend. You define the meaning of this word.

Once you have your definition of the word friend, you choose qualities that you want him or her to have. Do you want your friend to be friendly, polite, smart, cute, honest? Whatever you want you can have. To be honest your friend does not have to be the cutest person on the planet. You want your friend to treat you with respect and make you feel happy and like you belong. To tell the truth I can not tell you what qualities are most important, for example my friend needs to be honestly, loyalty, trustworthy, intelligent and friendly. Perhaps, you are looking for different qualities in a friend and that’s okay, just as long as you are happy.

Before you make a friend, you become acquaintances with people. You see acquaintances are important, as they are your future friends. Having acquaintances is great, as you have someone to go grab a coffee or tea or just have a little chat. Even though, the feeling of having an acquaintance does not compare to the feeling of having a friend, that’s okay. Now you may ask “but how do I turn an acquaintance into friend?” Well you see there is no formula for that. You become friends in time, you will definitely know when you go to the next level. You will feel more comfortable with them, you will know weird and awkward things about them. You will know stories and memories from their childhood and you will feel like you can tell them anything and they won’t judge you or abandon you.

Another question that may be on your mind is how do I make a friend or an acquaintance. Well you can just talk to them and then the rest of the process will follow. I know that making a conversation with a stranger is difficult, I myself have anxiety when I talk to new people, that’s why I try to push myself to break my boundaries. I try to talk to as many people as I can, just introduce myself and the rest of the conversation just flows. Sometimes people remember me and sometimes they don’t and that’s okay. At first it was upsetting but I got over it and continued to talk and hang out with those that remembered me.

Having a friend is an amazing experience. When with friends we feel happy and excited. A friend is a person that is your shoulder to cry on, it’s a person that makes you laugh and smile. It is a person that you can be yourself with, it’s a person who accepts you for who you are. And if they don’t accept you for who are, well then they aren’t your friends but people that you know. If you don’t feel comfortable with them or just can’t be weird with them, dump them and forget them. Move on and find new friends that will be there for a lifetime.

Question of the day - How many acquaintances do you have that you feel you could be good friends with?

Friends & Acquaintances

How many acquaintances do you have that you feel you could be good friends with?