10 Ways to Improve Your Relationships
Growing up during your teenage years its important to form relationships and make new friends. These friendships can turn into long lasting relationships. Making new friends is important in your younger years and it’s not difficult if you follow these simple rules.
1. Be Yourself!
This is first on the list for a reason, it’s the most important. It is crucial to accept yourself, for who you are! Don’t try to be someone you’re not! We encourage individuality rather than conformity. Be your own person! Discover what you like and dislike and stay true to who you are! Hold your head up high, smile and let people see your good qualities!
2. Seek-out People Who Share Your Goals
Figure out your priorities and morals and try to find others that share similar interest, goals and beliefs. For example, if you don’t want to use drugs, then don’t hang out with those who do! Instead, if you were to have an interest in radio control cars, seek out people who share the same goal and interest. It’s a lot more fun to surround yourself around like minded people.
3. Respect Everyone for who they are
Acceptance goes both ways – you’re not alone when you feel isolated. Make someone else feel accepted and maybe the gesture will be returned. Remember there is good in all of us and bad in all of us. Which will you choose to see?
4. Get involved in a sport or club
Many kids don’t feel like they fit in, but they don’t try to get involved either. See what is available for clubs or activities at your school Don’t pick things because what’s popular. Pick what interests you! If you can’t find things at school look for interesting opportunities outside of school, where you can meet people who share similar interests.
5. Be Cooperative
Make a suggestion if there is a problem. Give an alternative if there is a disagreement. Be helpful and do your share!
6. Be sociable
Start a conversation with other people about things you have in common. Listen when other people are talking. Use eye contact. Don’t interrupt. Don’t wait for someone to talk to you first.
7. Be Supportive
Say something nice when another person does well. Try smiling, and offer some help or suggestions.
8. Practice Sportsmanship
Congratulate winners; compliment other players’ skills. Shake hands at the end of the game – say, “It was a good game.” Say something nice about the game. Say something funny about yourself. No one likes a poor sport!
9. Learn to keep your cool!
Grin, make a joke, keep your voice calm and quiet, walk away. No one likes a hot head!
10. Be Aware of Your Behaviors Towards Others
– Be a good listener, show respect, be trustworthy, have a sense of humor, cooperate & share.
– Be reliable, honest, loyal, helpful, supportive & kind. Always defend your friends,
– Interrupt people when they’re talking, or be aggressive, mean, disruptive, bossy, or domineering.
– Be withdrawn, non-responsive, or have no opinion.
– Put down or insult others, betray confidences.
– Talk behind your friend’s or classmates backs.