How to Navigate Adult Friendships Well in the Millennial Age

  1. Intention – reaching out
  2. Planning – finding the time and committing to it
  3. Priority – choosing to set aside time despite competing offers
  4. Sacrifice – giving up time focused on my work and family commitments

While it can be tough to maintain our friendships as adults, so much good can come from having long-term friendships. There is a level of comfort and familiarity that only comes from thousands of hours spent together. There is no short cut to finding this level of intimacy. When we go through the toughest of times – infidelity, divorce, career disappointments, and health issues – we need deep rooted friendships we can rely on.

Continue investing yourself in those quality friendships that are being reciprocated. If your friends are not SHOWING UP for routine maintenance, you may need to reinvest yourself in more fulfilling relationships. It’s also important to remember that having a “bestie” is great but having one friend we confide in or turn to for support and another we call for weekend outings is no less special than having one “best friend.” The title doesn’t matter, only the reciprocity. Diversify your stock options and invest yourself wisely – you’re a grown up now!

Dr. Tess Breen
Dr. Tess Breen
Tess in a College Professor specializing in emotional intelligence and personal development. Her focus is on transformational leadership and she has a passion for teaching principles to support leadership development and positive change throughout the community. Follow Tess on Facebook and Instagram @drtessbreen

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