Good social skills allow us to make deep bonds of friendship using clear communication. Communication comes in several forms: verbal, nonverbal, written, and digital. Simple strategies, such as paying attention, asking questions, or using eye contact, can help us connect with others.
People like to be friends with those who understand and accept them. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. We can build stronger relationships when we try to see life from other perspectives.
It is easy to find differences amongst people. What is more difficult is not letting those differences create distance or disconnection. Everyone deserves respect and to be treated with equity (meeting individual needs), not to be confused with equality (when everyone is treated the same). Diversity and differences should be celebrated and honored because our uniqueness makes us special and important.
Working together in groups can be challenging. However, when groups can effectively collaborate, allowing each individual to use their specific strengths, the result is greater than the sum of each individual’s efforts. Additionally, teamwork can bring people closer together.