How to Make Meaningful Relationships Later in Life

“Compromise, Communication and Consistency are needed in all relationships, not just romantic ones.” The fear of losing what you once had is by no means an uncommon occurrence. The people you once considered close might not play as much of an integral role as they once did.  The great news is that there are a few helpful tips you can take to create relationships in this new chapter of your life. By creating new relationships, you are inevitably creating memories that will last for years to come. The following are just a few ideas on how you can form relationships during this stage of your life.

For starters, every relationship should start with a smile. Studies show that starting a relationship with a firm handshake and a smile will go a long way. By having a firm handshake and a bright smile on your face, you leave a lasting impression like no other, show compassion, and you stand out to individuals. In addition to the lasting impression you will leave upon others, you will come off as a more approachable individual to those in your path.

Another step you can take to create friendships is to reach out to those you may have lost touch with from your past. The amount of older adults using social media has nearly tripled this past decade; thus, you are bound to find someone from your past online. Try using social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin. Another way you can create relationships with the help of social media is by exploring the never-ending groups. Part of Facebook’s goal of your time on their site is to make sure your time is well spent. The implementation of groups has created something that can take a neighborhood book club to a national or even potentially international level. Simply search your interests or hobbies and you are bound to find a group that is perfect for you and is easily accessible.

Additionally, it is important to remember that every person is different. We all have a different makeup and that is what makes us unique. More often than not, the hardest part about fostering a relationship is remembering that we are each different from one another, sometimes we have more differences than commonalities.

At Samaritas, there are many ways you can create new relationships during your time. It is very important to remember to let your voice out. Say, you have had a long day; all you really want out of today is a hug. Tell the people around you how you feel and essentially information about yourself that you think they would want to know. This is called Tell Culture. You are responsible for telling these people about your needs and desires but ultimately it is up to them as they are free to act as they choose based on their personal needs and desires. Something to remember when attempting to rekindle an old relationship is do what you did in the beginning of a relationship and therefore it will not end.

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