Some people believe that friendships become stronger when friends enjoy good times together. Others believe that friendships become stronger when friends talk about their problems with each other and support each other. Which of these two approaches do you feel is most useful in helping make a friendship stronger?
First and foremost, venting one’s emotions and problems can facilitate friends’ knowing of each other since they communicate by heart. As is known to all, a friendship is especially strengthened when people open their hearts. That is, to talk about the problem they are confronting, which enables them to reach the softest part of the other without any barricade. For instance, my roommate who was always an optimistic girl with a big smile on her face one day tore alone under a tree. I said I had her back and she told me she was just frustrated by her math grades. I wiped her tears then shared my method of learning math. Even though that method did not help her, she was grateful for me and I felt our friendship strengthened after that conversation about her problem.