5 Ways of Preserving True Companionship

By Jimmy / 20 March 2024

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  • Nurturing connections? The famous saying “partner in crime” has never been truer. A parabatai makes navigating life’s tasks simpler and days brighter.

Maintaining strong and healthy bonds with our loved ones is more important than ever in a world where relationships often feel fragile and fleeting.

While I acknowledge that relationships can be challenging, the ones that thrive are those meant for us.

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, there are fundamental principles that can guide us in cultivating and sustaining meaningful connections.

I’ve experienced my share of relationships that didn’t unfold as I had hoped, but I’ve come to understand that they simply weren’t meant for me. If, like me, you believe in the universe’s guidance, then you trust that what’s meant for you will find its way to you.

It’s not unrealistic to desire success in every connection we form!


Genuine Communication 

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Any relationship needs communication to stay alive because it gives life to the bond between people.

In the relationships in my life, I have come to realise that quality time is my love language, and that has translated into loving the idea of communication because that is how you get to know someone.

Communication does not just mean verbal; it also encompasses non-verbal cues!

Real discussions that go beyond casual banter are essential to platonic relationships. Establish a vulnerable and safe space by freely sharing your ideas, aspirations, and worries.

Pay close attention so that you can understand and react effectively.

Adopt an honest attitude, even if it makes you uncomfortable, as openness strengthens trust. It shows your partner that you care by taking actions that speak to their heart and fostering a connection that goes beyond simple communication.


Encourage One Another On Their Path

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The foundation of any meaningful relationship, whether romantic or platonic, lies in support and encouragement.

Support and encouragement are crucial components of successful relationships and should be nurtured in all aspects of life.

Having someone by your side who supports and believes in you can make a world of difference in both types of relationships.

In friendships and family bonds, support and encouragement create a safe space where individuals can freely express their fears, hopes, and dreams without fear of judgment.

A strong sense of trust and connection is cultivated by knowing that there is someone who will listen, empathise, and offer guidance. Similarly, in romantic relationships, encouragement and support serve as pillars of strength that sustain each other through both triumphs and challenges.

It’s about standing shoulder to shoulder, supporting one another through difficult times, and celebrating victories together.


Fostering Appreciation

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Gratitude serves as the fertiliser in the garden of relationships, nurturing a culture of abundance and appreciation.

Consider this: Picture a relationship where your efforts go unnoticed and unacknowledged. Such a dynamic is destined to falter!

In cultivating platonic relationships, it’s vital to appreciate the little gestures that strengthen your bond and recognise the joy and support your friends bring into your life.

Together, commemorate significant milestones, reminisce about cherished memories, and plan exciting future adventures.

As partners express gratitude for each other’s love, devotion, and unwavering support, their bond is fortified, and the flames of romance are stoked. Cherish every moment spent together, as gratitude transforms ordinary experiences into unforgettable ones.

At the core of my relationships lies a profound acknowledgement of our journey—a celebration of our beginnings. It’s about recognising that our connection was not accidental but a deliberate effort to solidify companionship.

The Foundation of Intimacy

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The secret to intimacy lies in vulnerability, allowing us to reveal our true selves without fear of judgment or rejection.

Vulnerability fosters strong bonds in platonic relationships, as friends confide in each other and openly share their most private thoughts and feelings. Accept your vulnerability as a strength, as it promotes authenticity and enhances mutual trust.

Reflecting on the past months, I’ve witnessed significant growth in my friendships. As someone who used to keep to themselves, solving problems alone because I thought no one could offer the advice I needed, I’ve learned to let my guard down. Embracing vulnerability has made me stronger, and my relationships have progressed to the next level.

In romantic relationships, vulnerability fuels passion as partners reveal their souls during intimate moments. Acknowledge your flaws and fears, as love is most pure when expressed vulnerably.


Finding a Balance Between Unity and Individuality

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Who doesn’t enjoy some me-time?

Just because you have friends who’ve become family or a partner who’s always by your side doesn’t mean you can’t cherish time alone or stand to be near them!

Healthy relationships respect individuality, allowing each partner to thrive independently while strengthening their bond.

Friends who support each other’s passions and personal growth, celebrating successes without jealousy or rivalry, have platonic connections that flourish.

Respect boundaries and privacy, recognising that time apart fosters appreciation and deepens relationships.

In romantic relationships, maintaining independence fosters a dynamic partnership built on shared interests and experiences. Encourage your partner to pursue their goals and passions, creating a relationship where both parties are free to evolve and grow.


Twin flames, Soul Mates, or Besties! 


Nurturing a strong and healthy relationship requires intention, empathy, and dedicated care.

Whether romantic or platonic, these connections enrich our lives, offering comfort in adversity and joy in triumph. Embrace the journey of building these bonds, for it is within the depths of our relationships that we discover true fulfilment.

Even the strongest relationships encounter challenges, misunderstandings, and moments of confusion. Good relationships require effort and resilience. Establishing clear boundaries, mastering effective communication, and embracing compassion and forgiveness are essential for maintaining healthy connections (Yucel, 2018).


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