How Do People Get Along with Others

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Abstract
“Social skills are the ultimate determining factor in the child’s future success, happiness and acceptance.”- Richard Lavoie wrote in his book, it’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend (Lavoie, 2005). Interpersonal relationships is an important aspect of life and by socializing with others, this goal will be met. In this paper, the importance of getting along with others, obstacles to relationship building and ways to build good interpersonal relationships will be discussed. Firstly, building interpersonal relationships is important in that it is the avenue for fun and entertainment, it is used to build and maintain friendships and it is the key to healthy and fruitful life. Secondly, being afraid of rejection, catering to others and lack of understanding in oneself are obstacles that one may face when trying to socialize and build relationships. Lastly, changing attitude and behaviors, practicing communication skills and starting in a familiar environment are general, but effective ways in building interpersonal relationships.

Introduction
It is often assumed that people with strong social skills loves meeting new people and hanging out with friends all the time. The reality is, even a shy is going to have to communicate with others at some time or another. The truth is, everyone is social, but it is expressed at different levels and in different ways. Having strong social skills doesn’t mean one will succeed in life for sure, but what it does mean is that one is very capable of creating networks and communicating with others. In this paper, I will focus on the importance of getting along with others, obstacles to relationship building and ways to build good interpersonal relationships. Importance of getting along with others

It is important to develop social skills at a young age. It will not only benefit yourself, but also the people around you. Developing a good relationship with others is the key to success and happiness in life (Collingwood, 2006). Social skills are the avenue for fun and entertainment. Social skills are the support system for building and maintaining friendship. Social skills are the key to a healthy and fruitful life. Avenue for fun and entertainment

Social skills are an avenue for fun and entertainment. It is developed through daily interactions. Instead of watching television or youtube at home, go out and hang out with friends. Interact with other people! Developing one’s social skills should be something one finds enjoyable and fun (The importance, 2010). Building and maintaining friendships

Social skills are the support system of building and maintaining friendships. Philosopher Aristotle once said, “In poverty and other misfortunes in life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds” (Collingwood, 2006). Friendships are a vital aspect of our lives- but how do we develop and main friendships? The answer lies in social skills. We are constantly influenced by the people around us, in both negative and positive ways. True friends however, lead us away from the bad and acts as a guide to in our weaknesses (The importance, 2010). Key to living a healthy and fruitful life

Social skills are the key to a healthy and fruitful life (Collingwood, 2006). People with support from friends and family members have a greater sense of self-esteem because they know that they are loved and cared for (Thompson, Bundy & Broncheau, 1995). They will also adopt a healthier lifestyle due to the influence of others around them. A strong social network of people will also reduce stress and other mental illnesses. A research was done and published in 1984 in the January-February issue of Psychosomatic Medicine. It was found that “patients who scored above the median level on loneliness tests had significantly fewer active natural killer cells-cells that attack germs” (Life of...
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