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

Be gentle and affirming

Your words may be construed as insensitive or offensive by your friend. Adopt a gentle and affirming tone when expressing yourself.

Support your friend’s visions and dreams

Avoid squelching your friend’s enthusiasm by pointing out why your friend’s ideas are not practical. Instead, find ways you can practically support your friend.

Never dismiss your friend’s beliefs

Respect your friend’s feelings and values, even if you don’t understand or share them.

Share how you think or feel

Offer to share your thoughts and feelings with your friend, even if you are not used to it. Having a peek into your inner world is one sure way for your friend to open up to you.

Proactively resolve conflicts

When a conflict arises, initiate a discussion with your friend to resolve the issue.Never give your friend the silent treatment.