A part of life that brings people together in a similar spirit (#), encourages cooperation (#), gives people joyfulness in their lives (#), gives a sense of family (#), and allows for celebration (#).
People interact with other people on a daily basis. Every person needs to have relationships with other people. There are many differences between what people consider a friendship.
For some people friendship is necessary for living. Aristotle finds that there are three kinds of friendship: friendship based on utility, friendship based on pleasure, and friendship based on goodness. Friendship based on utility changes according to circumstances. People in this type of friendship do not feel the need to hang on to each other unless they are useful to each other. They take joy in each other’s company as long as they can take an advantage from it. This is also known as fair weather friendship. Friendship based on pleasure is when peoples’ lives are regulated by their feelings and their main interest is in their own pleasure and the opportunity of the moment. Friendship based on goodness is what Aristotle considered “perfect” friendship. This happens only when the people in the relationship are good and similar to each other in their goodness. Each party is good for themselves and for their friend.
In more modern times the definitions of friendship are slightly different. Friendship arises through shared activity and companionship. The activity may be anything like a religion, studies, profession, even a common recreation. All the people that share these activities together would be considered companions. But the few who share this activity and something else associated with this activity will be friends.
Friendship is often wrapped up in aspects of peoples’ social and economic lives. This causes friendship to sometimes be a product of time and place. Different social groups organize their friendship ties in different ways. The middle class tend to pattern friendship by extending its boundaries through involving the other person in other social contexts. In working class societies it was found that the tendency is for the relationships to remain bounded by the initial setting for interaction. For example, most times people you work with are not seen outside of work unless there happens to be other activities that you have in common. Friendship is also altered between genders. Men tend to hold back there emotions in friendships. Women seem to get more emotionally involved with their friendships. Friendship also changes with age. As you get older there is more of a sense that, although friends rely on each other for support and a sense of personal identity, they also accept that each person needs the space to develop relationships with others.
Friendship is personal and can be entered into freely. It has a very significant impact on people we meet. Through friendship we gain practical and emotional support. Friendship helps us in the public world and is a resource for managing some events that confront us in our lives.
In order to have an maintain friendships you have to be willing to be honest (#) with people, you have to be comfortable sharing aspects of your life (#), to keep friendship going you have to have humor (#) and most definitely patience (#). Friendships take hard work (#) so you need to put in the energy it takes to sustain the friendship. Most importantly remember the golden rule(#): always treat people the way you wish to be treated.