Maintaining Friendships with Courtesy

December 31, 2011
Author: KLTBrown

Here are a few timely tips on maintaining friendships with courtesy.  These are a collection of tips that will enhance any relationship and help you get through the “not so exciting” times that occur in any relationship.  Use these relationship tips wisely and you will find that it is a lot easier to maintain and build strong and lasting friendships.

1  Respect your friends and neighbors privacy. Do not show up at their doorstep without calling first unless it’s an emergency. Give them space when their phone rings or they are responding to a cell phone text. Don’t be nosey and try to pry into their conversations.

2  Do use tact and think before you speak. Consider their feelings and remember an offhand remark such as “your hair looks uncombed today” can be hurtful to them. Be sensitive to their reaction when you make a comment. Many times their body language will let you know that your comment was offensive or just not understood. Learn to read their reactions so you can quickly correct any misunderstandings.

3  Do be a loyal friend. Loyalty is very important in any friendship. A true friend does not shun another friend in public. Be inclusive in your social gatherings and make sure that your friend is included in any conversation or plans. Don’t be a Dr Jeckle/Mr Heid when you are in a group of people. Be the same towards your friend at all times.

4  Do keep track of birthdays and anniversaries and remember to send cards and/or gifts during these special occasions. Work on remembering special events that the two of you share. Rehearse and celebrate the good times the two of you shared together. Be a giver as well as a receiver. Be available for your friends when they need support and likewise, when you need support, ask them for their help too.

5  Don’t make negative statements about a friend’s spouse, children, relatives, pets, decorating, weight or age. Remember the old adage, “if you have nothing nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all.”  Practice the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”

6  Don’t overburden your friends with constant complaining about your problems, remember, everyone has problems. Be positive and avoid being negative at all costs. If you think you are being too negative, simply ask your friend. They will let you know. When they tell you, take what they say as truth.

7  Don’t take your friends for granted, as you would not like it if they took you for granted. Be appreciative of them and their friendship. Let them know it is an honor to be called their friend. Laugh at their attempts at humor. Be their biggest cheerleader even if they miss the mark.  Remember, no one’s perfect. You win some, you lose some.  Either way, the true friend celebrates the attempts.

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Hope it helps,



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