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How Your Friendships Affect Your Life

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Just about every individual is aware that his friends can affect his life in one way or another. However, most people are just not aware that such effect can be more influential than they could ever imagine. Your friends do not only influence you when making your decisions, they can also change how you view the world, alter your insight and change you into the different person.

The Impact

Your friends can really influence you. Friends can indeed alter your beliefs about things. Beliefs and values can be a changed when they are constantly challenged and when new beliefs are constantly repeated.  For instance, if you have a circle of friends who have a negative view of the employment market even before they had the opportunity to work with it, it can also affect you. Such pessimistic view probably came from the constant idea they obtained from friends in the form of suggestions which are repeated again and again, such as “it is very hard to search for a job nowadays”.

Your friends can affect your self-confidence. Friends have the ability to change the perception of one another. When the majority of your group is thinking that a certain person is snobbish and arrogant, this belief may be transferred to the entire group.

While believing that a person is treating you in an unfavorable way, you might interpret it as being a sign showing that you’re not really worthy. Such belief can badly affect the level of your self-confidence.

Your friends can also affect the way you behave. Being very attached to your friends can also affect your behavior. For instance, if you see that your friend is polite to someone, particularly old, even when you are not, you can think that doing such thing is indeed a delightful thing.  You will in turn do the same thing.

In addition to affecting your beliefs, your friends can also affect how you react of things. For instance, you are initially not afraid of snakes, yet after you know how it affects your friend beaten by one, your point of view and behavior, should you see one, will also change. This is how influential friendships can be.

Your friends could stir you with good and bad emotions. Depending on the type of friends you are connecting with, your emotions can be greatly affected by them. If you have friends who are happy at most times, you can observe yourself to be happy around them as well. Of course, if you care about your friends you will feel sad whenever they are sad.

How are your friendships impacting your life?

 

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  1. July 28, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I couldn’t agree more!! They say you are most like the five people you spend the most time with. I definitely see a difference in my feelings whether I am hanging out with those who are positive or negative.

  2. July 28, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    This is so true! They say you are the combination of the 5 closest people to you! I don’t have a lot of close close friends — maybe 2 or 3 — and then my dogs. And my dogs are awesome so I think I’m doing good 🙂

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