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Friendship Day: Understanding the meaning of true friendship
Today, on the occasion of the first Sunday of August, 'Friendship Day' is being celebrated across the world by the youth as well on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Various gifts, cards, friendship bands are being exchanged along with organising party events.

However, the ritualistic and market-driven celebrations have diluted the real value of friendship as a social bond. There is a need that the celebration should make us revisit the notion of true friendship.

In social psychology, friendship is viewed as a social bonding of mutual affection between two or more people. These days, friendship is seen as a component of life-skills education to developed inter-personal intelligence.

In sociology, social psychology and theory of multiple intelligences, friendship has been studied and it has been found that people with close friendships are happier and should be cultivated as a part of social skill development.

The literature on friendship informs that the main characteristics of friendship as a concept include 'affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding,  compassion, enjoyment of each other's company, trust, ability to be oneself, express one's feelings freely without fear of judgement'.

Here is my ABC poem on 'friendship'.

A: Association and proximity to interact and do things together in a social setting

B: Bonding emotionally and socializing informally with other person(s)

C: Creating and affording opportunities to share ideas and personal feelings with each other

D: Developing and maintaining stable social support in life

E: Establishing caring and sharing social environment to be together with no trace of selfishness.

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