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Why Long-Distance Friendships Make for the Strongest Bonds

Long distances can really take a toll on a friendship. To make a friendship work requires a great deal of effort on both parts, and with time zone differences, it can really be tricky to stay in touch. To keep the relationship from fading away, you need to truly care deeply about each other. But there is something about long-distance friendships that makes them truly special and unique.

We at Bright Side were glad to learn that, besides the obvious obstacles, there are a lot of perks that make long-distance friendships genuine and one-of-a-kind.

Reunions are always a big deal.

You can count the days until you get to see your best friend again. It’s such an exciting thing to look forward to, and you can’t stop making plans to spend that time together in the best way possible. There’s nothing like hanging out with someone who you feel close to and haven’t seen for a while, and whenever you have a reunion, you just know it’s gonna be a blast.

You support each other and give the most honest advice.

The fact that you have a long-distance friendship going on with that person means that they not only like you, but that they care for your well-being. You can always count on that person to give the truest and most honest advice, even if it means that you’re sometimes due for some tough love. Whatever it is, you always know that they have your best interests at heart.

A couple of arguments won’t rattle the friendship.

You’re very open with your friend and you know that even if you fight sometimes, those fights won’t affect the friendship. Your relationship is deep and strong and capable enough of enduring some occasional outbursts. You understand and respect each other, and you’re sensible enough to know that a simple and honest “I’m sorry,” is enough for you to make up.

Making a long-distance friendship work means the person will probably be in your life for a long time.

You can only make a long-distance friendship work with a person you really care about. And what’s more is that the person has to feel the same way about you. There has to be a mutual effort to make the friendship work, but if the long-distance friendship endures the obstacles of not seeing each other often, then you can be sure that you have a real friend who truly cares about you.

You spend hours talking to each other.

Thanks to technology, you can now talk to whoever you want in real-time without much hassle. There’s so much to catch up on when you talk with your friend, and when you talk you seem to lose track of time and can sometimes spend hours talking to each other. Long live technology!

You know how to cherish the bond you have.

Since you don’t spend a lot of time together, whenever you reunite you learn how to treasure the little moments. The time that you have a coffee together, the time when you have those deep and honest conversations about life, or even the time when you do nothing except just enjoy each other’s company. You know that what you have is incredibly rare, and you will never take that friendship for granted.

Do you have a long-distance friendship with someone? If yes, what makes your friendship special? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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