Friendship Types

Nobody would choose to live without friendship even if he had all the other good things in life. The traditional idea of Friendship as suggested by Aristotle has three components: ‘Friends must enjoy each other’s company, they must be useful to one another, and they must share a common commitment to the good.’

Friendship is a form of virtue and it is also essential for living. Nobody would choose to live without friendship even if he had all the other good things in life. The traditional idea of Friendship as suggested by Aristotle has three components: ‘Friends must enjoy each other’s company, they must be useful to one another, and they must share a common commitment to the good.’  He made a distinction between what he believes to be genuine friendships and other forms of friendship based on mutual usefulness or on pleasure. The latter two forms of friendships last only for as long as there is utility and pleasure involved, whereas genuine friendship is eternal.

  • Friendship based on utility: Utility is not permanent; it changes according to time and circumstances. Since that was what kept the friendship alive in the first place, with its disappearance, the friendship also breaks up due to the lack of grounds. These kinds of friendships seem to occur mostly with people pursuing their own advantages. They take pleasure in each other’s company only in so far as they have hopes of advantage from it. Friendships with foreigners are generally included in this class.
  • Friendship based on pleasure: Young people’s lives are regulated by their feelings and most friendships at young ages are grounded on pleasure. The chief interest of the young are in their own pleasure and the opportunity of the moment. With time their tastes and preferences changes and so they are quick in making and breaking friendships too. Because their affection changes just as the objects of their pleasure, they fall in and out of friendship quickly, changing their attitude sometimes even within the same day.
  • Perfect friendship: This type of friendship is based on goodness. Only the friendship of those people, who are good and similar in their goodness, is perfect. And it is those who desire the good of their friends for the friends’ sake and not for any incidental quality that are really true friends. Since goodness is an enduring quality friendship of this kind is permanent. In this kind of friendship people are united in all the attributes that friends ought to possess. Aristotle further added on genuine friendship that, ‘And it is those who desire the good of their friends for the friends’ sake that are most truly friends, because each loves the other for what he is, and not for any incidental quality.’

 The last kind of friendships is rare and we should be grateful we have that kind of friendship. Our friends are precious and we should let them know they are appreciated and well loved. And on the occasion of Friendship Day we can share our love and affections with them by spending quality time together. We could also buy Friendship Day gifts and exchange them with our friends in the spirit of the occasion. And nowadays finding the right gifts is a simple task as a number of internet gifts store provides a plethora of Friendship Day gifts online. Even if we stay far we can still order the Friendship Day gifts online and have them delivered direct to our friends.

A Change Will Do You Good

As the last rays of summer’s warmth ebb away and the gentle breezes of autumn waft themselves upon us, we recognize once again, that change is inevitable. Nature is constantly changing and yet, so many people have the notion that change is frightening.

Contributor: Sharron Myers

As the last rays of summer’s warmth ebb away and the gentle breezes of autumn waft themselves upon us, we recognize once again, that change is inevitable. Nature is constantly changing and yet, so many people have the notion that change is frightening.

People are creatures of habit and some find it difficult to adjust to changes that are certain to come our way. Life is like an old, comfortable pair of shoes. We may realize that we need new ones and we may even find new ones we really like, but, we know that changing will cause us discomfort for a little while until we break them in.

Sometimes we need to realize that life isn’t always easy. What may be better for us is not what we are used to, but it is certainly worth the trouble of breaking in new habits and lifestyle changes.

Change does not have to be painful. Just look to nature and it will give you clues to how change can be effortless. The beautifully colored autumn leaves do not hang on to the old tree for dear life. No, they yield to the changes with ease and float gently off the tree.

With the coming of autumn we have been busy in our gardens pulling up the old stuff and getting ready for a time of rest. We know that the ground must rest and next year there will be more wonderful things in our garden to delight us. 

Are there things in your life that need to be gently eased out of your life? Maybe there are bad relationships or habits or thoughts that need to be weeded out of your life. Don’t be afraid to do a little gardening in your own life. 

Every gardener knows that unless we get to the roots, we really are not getting rid of the problem. It may go away for awhile but unless we get to the root, it will sneak back into the garden very quickly.

Although the harvest time is here there is no time to stop weeding the garden of our minds. This garden needs constant attention in order for us to flourish and be all that we can be. The only way to keep this garden in top shape is to make sure that no weeds are there trying to strangle any good we are trying to do. The weeds of our mind, of course are negative thoughts that like to creep in and keep us from achieving that which we are striving for. 

William James said, “Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. 

How do we change the inner attitudes of our minds? By changing the way we think. We must put fear and negativity behind us. How, you ask? Just as the leaves of autumn gently blow from the tree, don’t try and make a change in your thinking over night and expect to get instant results. We cannot rip these thoughts out of our minds, as much as we would like to sometimes. No, we need to be gentle on ourselves and let positive thoughts replace the negative. 

Yes it will take some work on your part. You must constantly fill your mind with positive thoughts. Proverbs 27: 3 says, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. We are what we think. When the negative thoughts come into your mind, you must be ready and willing to replace those thoughts with positive ones. Just say to yourself, no, I won’t let that thought take over my mind, I will think positively. Affirmations are good to have readily available so you can replace the negative thought with the positive one. It won’t be easy, it won’t be hard either, it will just be different, like that new pair of shoes we were talking about earlier. 

The autumn leaves fall to make way for new life. We too must go through changes that will bring new growth to our bodies, souls and spirits.

Change is inevitable, so why fight it? Why be afraid of it? Yes, change will require us to do a bit of readjusting but it is always worth it. Don’t be afraid of change, a change will do you good.

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This article is bought to you by Sharron Myers (sharronmyers@googlemail.com)
Sharron Myers has been a teacher of Spiritual Truth for over 30 years. She also is a Certified Aromatherapist and Personal Development Consultant. Be sure to check out her site: www.sharron-myers.com

Reinvent Your Life by Changing What You Do Each Day to Create Your Future by Design

You can reinvent your life by making small changes to what you are doing in your daily activities. For example, if you wish to leave your job and to begin a new career as an entrepreneur, you would want to take a class to learn something that would help you make this transition. This would give you an opportunity to hone your skills and to determine exactly what you want to do. If you are thinking about making a huge change in your life, get started right away with a plan to make that happen.

Contributor: Connie Ragen Green 

You can reinvent your life by making small changes to what you are doing in your daily activities. For example, if you wish to leave your job and to begin a new career as an entrepreneur, you would want to take a class to learn something that would help you make this transition. This would give you an opportunity to hone your skills and to determine exactly what you want to do. If you are thinking about making a huge change in your life, get started right away with a plan to make that happen.

No matter what your age or previous circumstances, you can reinvent yourself by moving to a new city, starting a business, or becoming involved in new activities that will stimulate you. I did this at age 50, when I decided to leave my position as a classroom teacher and work exclusively on the Internet. The first year was a difficult transition for me, because I had not prepared myself for this change. My recommendation is to do some research into what you want to do, before actually doing it.

After that first year I was off to a great start. I now write every day, something I had wanted to do for years. I also moved to a new city and became involved with several charities and non-profit organizations. Making these changes gave me a fresh start with a life I could not have even imagined before.

Don’t let anyone or anything dissuade you from making the changes you want to make to your life. Reinvention is a personal process that everyone deserves to experience.

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Recharge Your Relationship

Maybe you’ve been dating for a while and you just need to spice things up a bit. Every relationship needs a boost every now and then, but not everyone knows just how to do this so that both partners are happy again. Some relationships die because the partners believe that there is no way to revitalize their relationship – but that’s incorrect thinking. There are plenty of ways to put the spark back into your relationship.

Contributor: Cucan Perno

Maybe you’ve been dating for a while and you just need to spice things up a bit. Every relationship needs a boost every now and then, but not everyone knows just how to do this so that both partners are happy again. Some relationships die because the partners believe that there is no way to revitalize their relationship – but that’s incorrect thinking. There are plenty of ways to put the spark back into your relationship.

#1 Try something different

It’s seems a little simple, but trying something different in your relationship is the best way to overcome a ‘boring’ time and start anew. Try a new activity or go on a vacation together. Talk with each other and find out what you’ve always wanted to do – and then do it. Take a class together or try a new restaurant. It doesn’t have to be complicated.

#2 Take time away

Go off and try your own activities for a weekend or a week. When you take the time to re-find yourself in the relationship, you can bring a new vigor and life to the staleness. Too often couples want to share everything with each other, but this doesn’t always increase the fun in a relationship. You get into ruts and habits and you forget that you both have your own interests. And when you’re off exploring your own ‘things,’ you’ve got more to talk about and to share.

#3 Change your look

As superficial as it sounds, there is something to the phrase, “Fake it ’til you make it.” Why not try to be the more exiting couple that you want to be by dressing the part as well? Try a new look or a new hairstyle in order to change the way that you look to your partner. We always seem to get into ruts when we’re in a couple because we think that once we ‘have’ someone, we don’t need to impress them anymore. Surprise them!

#4 Do something out of the ordinary

Bringing a woman flowers might see clichéd, but it still works to create romance in a relationship. And don’t do it on an anniversary or some other expected occasion – do it for no reason at all. If you can, send them to her workplace so that she gets a lot of attention. She’ll love it.

#5 Make dinner 

Again, it seems like the oldest ‘trick’ in the book, but making a meal for your partner or spouse is a great way to create a sense of newness to a relationship – especially when you don’t normally do it. When you simply take the time to think about what someone wants to eat as well as creating an atmosphere that supports a loving environment, it’s more than just a meal; it’s an expression of your love.

#6 Get out of town

Something as simple as heading to a flea market is a great way to rejuvenate a relationship – especially if it’s something that you haven’t done before. When you get away from your normal surroundings, you aren’t able to sink into your normal habits. Try to get away from your home or apartments at least once a month to keep your relationship strong and healthy.

#7 Hang out with your friends – apart

Just like spending time alone, you still need to keep in contact with your circle of friends. When you start to lose contact of the people that you knew before your partner, you can feel like your entire life is devoted to your partner – and that can be stifling. You want to hang out with the guys a few times a week because it reminds you of the person that you are. Your friends won’t let you change for your partner – and your partner doesn’t want you to either.

#8 Travel in a car

Some people will say that traveling together is the biggest test of a relationship, but it’s actually a great way to rebuild a faltering one. When you have to direct yourselves to a new place, you will have arguments, but in the end, you’re accomplishing a goal together – and that makes anyone feel good.

#9 Take a class for couples

Most community centers have classes that involve couples. Think about dancing or trying a new sport together. Not only will you have to work together as a couple, but you will also be learning something new.

#10 Show that the person is important to you

Too often we let our lives get in the way of our relationships, when it should be the other way around. No matter what, be sure that you show your partner every day that they are important to you – that step alone can keep your relationship healthy and you both happy.

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