By Guest Blogger, Natalie Tinti, Award-Winning Author & Illustrator, Sewing A Friendship
How does the award-winning 10-year-old author of Sewing a Friendship, Natalie Tinti, use her book as her hook? She says it’s easier than most children think to be happy in your life and to make new friends.
Do you struggle from unhappiness in your life? Do you fail to create new friendships? Actually, it’s easier than you might think to make new friends and discover your happiness.
First of all, you have to stop waiting for others to discover who you are.
Even though you may enjoy being alone and don’t want to have any friends, begin creating new friendships by being a best friend to yourself.
And now, I would like to share with you some of my tips on how to create wonderful, long-lasting friendships for your new happier life.
Always look for the positive, especially when you are interacting with new people. Put all your attention into every moment with everyone around you to look for the beneficial, useful, helpful, gainful and optimistic angel view or side because you’ll always find what you are looking for in your life, even if you don’t know your true desire.
Stop judging other people and yourself. When you judge, you give your negative opinions about the situation, or people, or even yourself about what already happened. When you stop judging, you start accepting and understanding the cause and the result, and become open for friendships.
Have courage to include others. Are you waiting to be recognized as someone who is looking for new friends? That may take forever. Be brave and open yourself to include someone you want to be friends with, like in my book where all the girls have a choice to make… The four best friends could remain fearful of Kiki, especially when reacting to her snide comments. Instead, they gather the courage to ask their rival, Kiki, to be a part of their fashion show team. By accepting the girls’ offer, Kiki summons the courage to open herself up to the other girls. This is the moment that creates the breakthrough for what becomes the beginning of great friendships.