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10 Things To Remember When Your Friendship Has Lasted For 10 Years

10 Things To Remember When Your Friendship Has Lasted For 10 Years

“Best Friends for Life,” is a term that is used so loosely but it rarely happens in real life. If you have a friendship that has lasted for more than 10 years then that’s something you should be proud of. Many friendships tend be over after a certain period in your life, like high school or college. You find that it is difficult to keep in touch once you’ve move on to the next chapter of your life.

If you are one of the lucky few to have a friendship that has lasted for 10 years, then here are 10 things you should remember about your friendship:

1. They Know What You like

10 years is a long time. In that time, your friend will certainly know what you like. More importantly, they’ll respect your hobbies and your interests. The best thing is, if they do find your hobby or interest a little unusual, then you’re sure to encounter some friendly banter.

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2. They Know What You Don’t like

Similar to the last point, if you have been friends for 10 years, not only will they know what you like, but they will also know what you don’t like. The beautiful thing about friendship is that there is a finely tuned balance between respect and banter. If they see something that you don’t like, always remember that they’ll tease you for it.

3. They Are Always There At Your Beck And Call

In a friendship that has lasted for this long, you’ll come to realise that you really don’t need to ask permission for anything. If you need advice, a helpful hand, or you just want to talk to someone, you know where there are.

4. They Accept You As You Are.

Acceptance of a person is not just about knowing a person’s likes and dislikes. There’s more to it than that. By being accepted for who you are, you don’t need to pretend to be someone else. Many people who try to make friends pretend to be someone else so that they can fit in. With your 10 year friendship, you will come to realise that you can be proud of who you are and you don’t need to change anything about you.

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5. You Always Remember The First Time You Guys Met

A friendship that has lasted this long doesn’t usually require much effort. In fact, you may have notice that your friendship feels so natural. Because of that, you will look back on the day you guys first met and realise that your friendship really did come from nowhere.

6. You Have 10 Years Worth Of Stuff To Talk About

When you guys hang out, you really don’t need to worry about what you have to say. That is because you have more than 10 years worth of stuff to talk about. Believe me, you can reminisce about old times whenever you feel like it. They’re called good times for a reason!

7. You’ve Lasted 10 Years For A Reason

Most friendships only last for a certain period in your life. You’ll have friends during high school, college or University, but once that finishes, you’ll tend to lose contact pretty quickly and will only tend to get together during special occasions. But with your friendship, it has lasted for 10 years for a reason.  Just hold that thought.

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8. You Will Always Forget About Your Arguments Or Indifferences

With any relationship that has lasted for 10 years, you’re bound to have differences and even have some arguments, and the same goes for your friendship. You will have times when you can’t stand each other, but you tend to forget about it pretty quickly. It’s strange, but it’s true.

9. They Are Always By Your Side

If your friend is aware that you like a certain someone, then you can sure that they will always try and put a good word in for you whenever they meet that special person that you like. The same goes for when they see someone they don’t like. They will stick up for you, no matter what. There’s a very good reason for this – your friend, who has been by your side for 10 years, will always want you to be happy.

10. There Will Be An End To Your Friendship

Like with everything in life, there will come a time where your friendship will come to an end. This could be for whatever reason. It could be a new job, moving house or settling down to start a family. Sure you may be contact, but your new life will slowly take over. So whatever happens, make the most of your friendship. You never know what’s round the corner.

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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