In order to remember your buddy, you have to consistently keep them in your thoughts. We know that’s not an easy thing to do sometimes! That's why we developed some actions/steps to help you. Just by doing one (or more —challenge yourself!) from the list below will automatically help keep your buddy in your thoughts.
- Give him/her a call, text, email, facebook message (ex. “How're you doing? Missing you… etc. )
- Give thanks and appreciation whenever you can
- Place something on your work/study station to remind yourself about your buddy (this can be a photo, keepsake from a past event, etc.)
- Wear/carry around a token to remind yourself about your buddy
- Send a gift (can be something simple like a thoughtful note)
- Give him/her a hug, high-five, etc.
In order to be a good buddy, you should get to know yourself a little better first. Self-growth is important because you become a more confident person when you know where your strengths and weaknesses lay, and what your values and limits are. When you understand yourself a little more, it is easier to become a better buddy.
Here are a few activities you can do to help boost your self-development:
In situations where you are needed, be available and show that you care:
Express your feelings to your buddy—let them know how you're feeling by using the gentlest words possible. (try to say “I feel…”, “it hurts me…”). It's not always easy to remain empathetic to the person who's hurt you but it prevents future arguments and escalations of hard feelings.
Never accuse or blame your buddy. Don’t play the blame game—no one likes to be told it's their fault. You can't change what happened but you always have the power to choose how you handle it. Try not to put your buddy in a tough place by placing the blame on him/her. Instead, focus on communicating to him/her how you can correct the situation so it doesn't reoccur.
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