There are lots of sayings about friends and friendships but one I like is, the road to friend’s house is never long. To me it conveys an important sentiment, which is the making of friends is actually a lot easier and closer to hand than some people might think.
Assertiveness is about standing up for our own rights while at the same time not trampling on the rights of others. If we fail to stand up for our own rights there are plenty of circumstances where people will ignore us. Assertiveness is not aggression. can sometimes get us what we want but it is more likely to come at a cost. Aggression almost inevitably means violating the interests of others in the cause of self-interest.
We use the term resilience to refer to our ability to bounce back from adversity. Resilience comes about in a variety of ways. Learning from past experiences, trying not to prevaricate, staying optimistic and keeping things in perspective, looking after yourself and looking to the future are all ways our resilience develops.
How many of us take our friends and social networks for granted? I suspect we all appreciate them at some level but it’s when we need help that we truly feel the benefit of support. Of course the kind of support we get depends on our needs and this shows that more than one kind of social support exists.