I wanted to share about the importance of friendship.
If you haven’t heard, building a circle of friends makes you happy.
People who see themselves as a leader in their social circle are happier than those who see themselves as outsiders — another reason why actively building relationships instead of waiting for the phone to ring is so important.
It’s also equally important to be a good friend yourself, providing others with as many of the benefits of friendship (infectious happiness, social support, someone to confide in, food in times of crisis) as you can. It feels good to help others, and that only adds to your own happiness.
First, I would like to suggest another book. Friendfluence: The Surprising Way Friends Make Us Who We Are by Carlin Flora’s. Carlin was asked to define “Friendfluence” in an interview by Irene S. Levine Ph.D., and Carlin defined it as “the powerful and often unappreciated role that friends – past and present – play in determining our sense of self and the direction of our lives.”
Certainly many people and circumstances influence our development, but friends are strangely overlooked, considering the key role they play. Take a prominent person’s biography: It’s likely to focus on the subject’s parents, and then, later, on his or her spouse or professional mentors/colleagues. We don’t hear much about the friends who shaped that person’s viewpoints, interests, and values.
We all like to surround ourselves with like-minded people, and most of us do that the old fashioned networking way, so this is why I am excited to share a new way of meeting new people. Check out how these iPhone Apps are taking over the networking scene.
iPhone Social Apps
Shapr: Prepare your thumbs for some more Tinder-like swiping. Similar to Switch in its functionality, Shapr boasts that they have the most relevant people at your fingertips. The app uses algorithms to find like-minded people who will “help you grow.” Once you get a mutual interest, spark a conversation with prominent people in your industry that could one day be your future employer, colleague, and mentor.
Hey! VINA: Calling all the ladies out there! This female-only app helps you find a bestie based on similar career goals and passions. After a six question personality, work, and lifestyle quiz, you can scroll through a diverse set of profiles to find your match. Although it is always important to achieve a work-life balance, gaining a friend in the office is never a bad idea. And a network of empowered, motivated women? Count me in!
Womenetics: WebA+Academy: Womenetics provides high-caliber content, programs and services to accelerate business by advancing women leaders. What I liked about this resource is they offer an online development leadership series. Check it out!
If you come across any amazing resources, I’d love to hear about them and share them with other Remarkable Women and send a shout-out your way for contributing.