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

Listen patiently

Hear your friend out without criticism or judgement. Refrain from shutting your friend down without hearing out the whole story.

Do not disappear

Never give your friend the silent treatment. If you need time alone, let your friend know so that he/she does not take it personally.

Have fun together

A great way to connect with your friend would be to do social activities together – no matter how pointless you think it is.

Be open to change

Your friend is going to make changes to schedules and plans more than you’re comfortable with. Be patient.

Be encouraging and warm

Your coldness or directness does not endear your friend to you. Be encouraging and warm when you are expressing yourself.