01. Seek out new experiences togetherA surefire way to grow a relationship is to engage in new experiences together. Trying out a class, eating at a new restaurant, visiting a museum, and even walking around a town you haven't visited before can all serve to stimulate conversation and create fun. It also gives you the opportunity to solve problems together (at least for me, when I inevitably get us lost on the way) and make decisions, strengthening your relationship.
02. Ask different questionsIt is all too easy to have the same conversation over and over again. "How was your day?" "What's going on in your classes?" etc. But asking new questions will allow you to learn about your friend in a different way. Try using some of the 36 questions from this New York Times article. Even though it's about "love" there are still great conversation starters for friends.
03. Ask "why" questionsWhen you are discussing something with your friend, your inclination may be to jump right in to give your opinion, but delving deeper into her point of view and asking her why she feels the way she does can help you better understand your friend and, therefore, deepen your friendship. Having a sense of genuine curiosity and behaving accordingly can do wonders for any relationship.
These are my top 3 ways you can strengthen your friendships. You chose your friends for a reason and these suggestions will keep those at the top of mind!
How do you strengthen your friendships? Is this something that challenges you?