Here’s how you can connect with your friend better:

Express yourself

Don’t be afraid to share how you think or feel with your friend. He/she will be more than happy to listen and empathise.

Ask questions to clarify your friend’s thoughts

Sometimes your friend may have a hard articulating how he/she feels. Ask questions to help your friend work through his/her thoughts or feelings.

Be authentic in your sharing

Your friend feels more connected to you when you are authentically sharing your heart with him/her. Your friend will reciprocate by sharing too.

Get to the gist

Don’t spend too much time on the details. It is likely your friend ‘gets it’ very quickly.

Support your friend’s ideals

Your friend has ideals that are not often supported by others. Encourage and spur your friend on and practically find ways to help your friend achieve it.