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

Speak up intentionally

Make it a point to speak up about your thoughts and feelings. Your friend may misunderstand your silence for judgement.

Have fun together

The best way to connect with your friend is to have fun, social activities together.

Be sensitive

Although your friend loves to have fun and sometimes be the butt of jokes but be tactful because you may unintentionally offend your friend at times. Apologize where necessary.

Appreciate your friend’s values

Your friend, like you, has values he/she holds on to dearly. Learn about these values and show that you appreciate them too.

Be open to changes

Your friend is likely to make changes to plans spontaneously; don’t be surprised and be patient with him/her.