Friendship and relationships probably began in the primitive species of creatures that pre-existed modern man. Similar behaviors have been exhibited in other primates, even without the ability to speak a formal language. Gestures and noises function similarly to spoken word, but the behaviors exhibited are the same. Comfort, sadness, and parental relationships have all been observed in other members of the primate family. The need for other animals is imperative, as humans are social animals and thrive on interaction. This interaction does not have to necessarily be with other humans, as pets can serve a similar purpose when it comes to companionship. Some animals, such as dogs, cats, and birds, in addition to humans are also able to express somewhat similar behaviors, but nothing quite matches the capacity of humans.
Friendship and emotions are closely knit. A developing friendship involves the emotions of trust, verbal interaction, empathy, understanding, and care for another being. As time passes, a friendship can either develop into a stronger bond or fade away if neglected. A friendship requires time and nurturing to continue to grow. Different types of friendships exist. There are casual acquaintances, which can be the beginning stage of a friendship and can either remain as such or develop into something more. The next stage of friendship involves learning more about each other and learning to trust and grow. A middle area of friendship would involve a closeness of a greater sense than before and spending lots more time together than a pair of acquaintances might. The greatest stage of friendship involves a deep level of intimacy, a sense of loyalty, and unquestionable trust. In other types of relationships, friendship can exist within them. Many couples say that their partner is their best friend. The relationship between parent and child can be this same way: there can be a friendship within the relationship. Brothers and sisters, as well as other familial relationships are the same way. Actually, a good relationship with anyone should have friendship as a key ingredient.
What can cause a friendship and relationship to deteriorate? Lack of trust, lack of communication, and sometimes simply growing apart can end a relationship. Some bonds dissolve slowly over time as distance both physically and emotionally can take its toll. This can happen unintentionally and not be realized until the friendship is gone. Other relationships literally end with a bang, such as in a divorce situation. Death can also dissolve a friendship in which both parties have no control over. This can be the most painful end to a friendship, especially when the death is sudden and thee is no chance to express feelings before loss.
Making friends can be as easy as two children playing together in preschool or the new guy at work introducing himself to his colleagues. Some people are more outgoing than others, and the process of making friends tends to be much easier. Others who might be shy have difficulty but the easiest way to make friends is like anything else; practice and repeated attempts makes a person better. From primitive man to modern man, the easiest way to begin is a smile or hello.