Having good friends who love and support you for who you are is really important for your happiness. Figure out what makes a good friend, and learn how you can be there for your friends when they need you most.
This can help if:
- you’re not sure about a friendship
- you don’t know what to do or say to a friend
- you want to figure out what a good friend is and how to be one.
Why good friends are so important
Research has shown that the better the quality of your relationships, the more likely you are to be happy. So, being a great friend to someone and having friends support your back is good for your wellbeing. But what, exactly, makes a good friend?
Signs of a good friend
Friends will come and go in your life. No matter how long your friendships last, the most important thing is your friends’ acceptance of you for who you are. A good friend walks the talk and shows that they care by their actions – big and small.
A good friend:
- is there for you, no matter what
- doesn’t judge you
- doesn’t put you down or deliberately hurt your feelings
- is kind and respectful to you
- is someone whose company you enjoy
- is loyal
- is trustworthy and willing to tell you the truth, even when it’s hard for you to hear
- laughs with you
- sticks around when things get tough
- makes you smile
- is there to listen
- comforts you when you cry.
How to be a good friend
If you treat the people around you in the ways described above, then you’re already a good friend to them. But it’s not always easy to know how to be there for your friends.
Listen to them
Try to understand a situation from your friend’s point of view. Ask questions to get a sense of the problem or issue, but the main thing is to listen to them. You don’t have to have all the answers, and don’t assume that your friend wants advice – they might just want to talk so that they can work it out for themselves.
Get the facts
If your friend has a medical or mental health issue, a good way to offer support is to learn about what they’ve been diagnosed with. Being interested in what they’re going through shows you care, and that you plan to stick around no matter what’s going on.
Ask them what they need
If you’re worried about someone and you want to be there for them, ask them what they need. You’ll then know what they find helpful during tough times, and you can offer them support in a way that’s genuinely helpful.
If you’re a hugger, ask your friend whether it’d be okay to hug them. Once you get the thumbs up, hug away! Hugging your friends can be a great way to show you care for them. Physical contact can be comforting, especially when someone feels alone.
Keep in touch
Even if you don’t live nearby, show your friends you’re there for them by making an effort to keep in regular touch through social media, texts or calls.
Tell them how you feel
You don’t have to make a big deal about it all the time, but you can make a real difference to how someone is feeling just by letting them know how important they are to you. So, go for it!
Be willing to make a tough call
If you think your friend’s safety is at risk, you might need to act without their consent and get help. It can be a tough call, particularly when you’re worried about how they’ll react, but remember that good friends care enough to step up, and that you’re doing it to protect them from harm.
What can I do now?
- Get tips on being a good listener.
- Ask your friends what you can do to help them.
- Find out what to do about a toxic friendship.
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This relationships SEL curriculum is teacher-approved and includes 5 detailed lessons filled with hands-on and mindful activities that teach children how to communicate, listen and speak effectively, how to be a good friend and how to make friends, about sharing and taking turns, and cooperation & teamwork.
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- Children will learn how to communicate and listen and speak effectively.
- Children will learn what sharing and taking turns is.
- Children will learn what a friend is and demonstrate how to be a good friend.
- Children will learn how to make friends and make new friends.
- Children will learn how to cooperate and demonstrate teamwork.
What does this unit cover?
Communication – Listening & Speaking. Lesson 1 teaches children how to communicate and listen and speak effectively. Practice and build conversation skills.
Sharing & taking Turns. Lesson 2 teaches children to understand what sharing and taking turns is and demonstrate the ability and willingness to do both effectively.
How to be a Good Friend. Lesson 3 teaches children to describe what a friend is and demonstrate how to be a good friend through words and actions.
Making Friends & Including Others. Lesson 4 teaches children to understand how to make friends and demonstrate the willingness to try to make new friends and include others.
Cooperation & Teamwork. Lesson 5 teaches children to understand and show cooperation and teamwork in the classroom and school with peers.
Activities included in the Relationship unit:
- Discussion Starters cards
- Anchor Chart pieces
- Coloring Posters
- Card game
- Characteristics of a Good Friend cards for wall display
- Tons of literature connections & writing activities
- Mini-Book & Storybook
- Sorting activity
- ‘I am a Friend’ crown
- Cooperative partner & group activities
- Student helper badges
- & more!
PLUS A BRAND NEW BONUS: Family Partnership Guide
Connect with and encourage families to take part in the social-emotional learning development of their child and the concepts you are teaching at school. Each unit includes a printable guide with a letter to families, strategies and activities they can try at home, and a book guide with video links.
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- The lessons and activities work great for morning classroom meetings or end of the day lessons, for school counselors, classroom teachers, and in a homeschool setting.
The DIGITAL Relationships & Friendship unit has been formatted and modified to be taught digitally in conjunction with the printable version or independent of it. The lessons and activities have been adapted to be used online in digital teaching platforms (Google Slides, PowerPoint, and Seesaw) and on devices.
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Interpersonal communication skills are essential in creating success, and they’re so simple to learn.
What are interpersonal communication skills?
‘Interpersonal communication skills’ is another way of saying ‘people skills’. In other words, they are the skills that we use every day when interacting with others. We use them in communication, collaboration and coordination, and a lot of the time we don’t even notice.
The fact we don’t notice them makes it difficult to notice when they may not be very strong, but we always notice when they aren’t as strong in others. Therefore, others will always notice when they are not as strong in you.
Practicing and mastering your interpersonal communication skills is a sure-fire way to boost your success in work and in your personal life. They can help you to communicate with those above you, as well as to collaborate with your peers. It’s a simple matter of practice and understanding certain cues.
There are two types of interpersonal communication skills: silent and conversational.
Probably one of the most important of all interpersonal communication skills is patience. No employer wants to have to deal with troublemakers, and no colleague wants to work with the one who constantly loses their cool.
This skill does not have specific cues; it simply takes practice. Keeping a level head in heated situations can be difficult. It helps to take a deep breath and focus on the outcome that will benefit you the most and act accordingly.
Allow the other person to say their piece and respond in a respectful way. Employers will be much more appreciative of those who can keep their cool in stressful situations, and peers will be much more willing to collaborate with you.
Not only that, but patience in your personal life will achieve much more positive outcomes in relationships with family and friends.
2. Active Listening
Active listening isn’t just paying full attention to who is speaking, but also what is being said. Although it can be easy to get distracted and bored through long meetings, practicing active listening will be endlessly beneficial.
- Eye contact
- Verbal Affirmations
- No distractions
The best way to practice interpersonal communication skills such as active listening is to practice. Put away all potential distractions. Put your phone in your bag and keep it silent. Pay attention to what is being said and, at the end of a meeting or conversation, summarise it to yourself to make sure you understood.
3. Positive Body Language
Boredom and disinterest will be easy to read through your body language if you are not careful. So, even if you are bored and disinterested, make sure you don’t show it.
- Open, relaxed posture
- Eye contact
- No distractions
- Folded arms
- Looking around
- Checking the time
Positive body language shows that you are interested in what is being said by a superior, but also makes you much more approachable to peers and employees.
Combining positive body language with active listening is the key to success.
4. Verbal Communication
Verbal communication is essential in all areas of life. The ability to communicate, or lack of ability, can make or break a presentation, and even change the route of a conversation.
When presenting information, make sure that you know and understand your material. Prepare for the presentation and make sure that you make plenty of eye contact and speak slowly and clearly. Presentations require confidence and relaxation, so the better you know your stuff, the better you will come across.
In conversations, have a friendly disposition, ask questions and clarify any information you have to offer. Allow yourself to relax and be clear when you speak. Don’t forget to make eye contact and practice that all-important positive body language.
5. Relating to Others
Relating to others is the most underestimated of all interpersonal communication skills. Nobody likes to feel as though they are being patronized by a boss or college, so if you are in a position of power, take note.
You do not always have to agree with someone, but situations where disagreements arise, the ability to relate to others is especially important. Make sure to stay patient and let them know that you understand their position or opinion, but that you simply disagree with it.
If you have to give orders, do so in a respectful manner, and don’t underestimate how far a ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ will get you!
Interpersonal communication skills are some of the most basic communication skills that we use on a daily basis. So much so that we don’t think about how important it is to practice them. As you can see, all of these interpersonal communication skills connect to one another, so it can be easy to forget all of the skills we need to use in different situations.
The more you practice, the easier it will be to understand the skill the situation calls for and the more successful your interactions will become.
If you are looking for success in your professional or personal life, interpersonal communication skills are a very simple tool to help you achieve it.
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You Can Improve Your Workplace Communication Skills Using These Tips
Great communicators are viewed as successful individuals by coworkers and other associates and customers. Excellent communicators become go-to people in an organization because people equate efficacy with effective communication.
Great communicators contribute more to their organizations and receive more opportunities for promotion and recognition in their careers. There are other attributes, but ten simple communication skills are shared by nearly all effective communicators. Want to improve your communication skills and become a great communicator? Here’s what you need to do.
Build the Relationship First
When a great communicator approaches a co-worker, he takes the time to say, “good morning” and “how’s your day going?” The effect of the relationship-building forays is incalculable. The speaker demonstrates that, no matter how busy or overextended they are, they have time to care about others.
Build the relationship first for successful communication. For even more successful communication, continue to build the relationship in all interactions in any setting over time as goodwill has a cumulative effect.
Know What They Are Talking About
Great communicators obtain the knowledge, insight, and forward-thinking ability necessary to earn the respect of their colleagues and acquaintances. Coworkers will not listen if they do not believe that the communicator is bringing expertise to the table, but will spend time with them if they respect their knowledge and the value that the communicator brings to the conversation.
When you think about secrets of great communicators, subject matter expertise may head the list. Think of Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, Angela Merkel, etc.
Listen More Than They Speak
Imagine if a manager held a performance development planning meeting with an employee and talked 55 minutes of the hour. This is an egregious example of a manager dominating a discussion, but it serves as a reminder that people are unable to listen if they are talking. Understanding others—and what they need—is a crucial skill for communicators.
When they do speak, they are frequently asking questions to draw out the knowledge and opinions of their coworkers. When you allow yourself to listen, you often hear what is not being said. Excellent communicators use this information in order to read between the spoken lines to understand the whole context of the other person and their thoughts and needs.
Focus on Understanding the Other Person’s Motives
When someone else is speaking, great communicators do not spend the time preparing their responses. Instead, they ask questions for clarification and to make certain that they thoroughly understand what the other person is communicating, focusing their mind on listening and understanding.
If you find yourself (and that little voice in your head) arguing, prepping your response, or refuting what your colleague is saying, you are not focused on thoroughly understanding her communication. You have stopped listening and have refocused the discussion on your needs.
Use a Feedback Loop
Saying, “Here is what I think I heard you say. Is this correct?” and repeating the gist of the content of the message that they received from the other person’s communication uses a feedback loop to check their understanding and to make sure they are experiencing shared meaning.
When they check their understanding, communicators avoid miscommunication and misunderstanding, circumventing hard feelings and protracted explanations about what their subject meant.
Listen to Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal communication is a powerful voice in any interaction. The voice tonality, body language, and facial expressions speak more loudly than verbal communication or the actual words in many communication exchanges.
Communicators know the amount of information that they lose when they communicate via email, phone, IM, or texting. The youngest generation at work may not recognize the importance of talking with coworkers in person. If you want information that is richer and deeper, and for discussion and exchange, solid communicators seek out their co-workers.
Watch for Patterns, Inconsistencies, and Consistencies
In any communication, the opportunity for misunderstanding is ever-present. Communicators watch for patterns (is this how their co-worker typically reacts) and inconsistencies (is this consistent with what they expect from this person).
If any of these verbal and nonverbal communication factors are inconsistent or sending different messages, communication failure is imminent. Coworkers tend to listen to nonverbal communication over verbal interaction.
Immediately Remedy a Personal Issue Using “I” Language
Good communicators take responsibility for owning their own emotional reactions. They use “I” messages to demonstrate that they know that they are responsible for the reaction. For example: “You really messed up that customer interaction” is much less effective and honest than, “I was upset watching you interact with that customer for these reasons…”
You-ing a co-worker is rarely effective communication. Communicators will most likely receive a defensive response which makes the communication fail. Delivering an honest “I” message instead is powerful.
Wait to Give Critical Feedback
If communicators feel they are going to say anything critical or controversial, they try and wait 24 hours before they say it, send it, or post it to see if they still feel that way the next day. Pausing before communicating is an under-appreciated skill of great communicators. In fact, communication will be more powerful and thoughtful if the circumstances are allowed to marinate for a longer period of time.
Open Their Mind to New Ideas
New ideas live or die in their first communication. Using the other communication skills presented here, you can make a new idea flourish or fail in an instant. Rather than immediately rejecting a new idea, approach, or way of thinking, excellent orators pause and consider the possibilities.
Consider what might work in their organization rather than what will fail. They think about the possibility rather than the impossibilities. Great communicators always listen for opportunities and pursue them with gusto.
Build Coworker Trust
It is not enough to be a good listener and to draw out the other person’s opinions. They will not level with communicators or share their real thoughts if they do not trust them. You gain trust in your everyday interactions with people when you tell the truth—even when it’s difficult. When communicators consistently exhibit integrity and trustworthiness in their daily interpersonal conversations and actions, they build their communicating abilities even further.
The Bottom Line
If you make the effort to use these ten simple communication skills in your interactions with your coworkers, clients, customers, and other organization stakeholders, you will build your professional reputation. People equate effective communication with efficacy and they value people who can engage others and share meaning.
There is a huge list of social skills to tackle when it comes to raising children and many kids struggle with certain social skills like sharing or being a good sport, for instance.
Another area that many kids may have difficulty with is friendship.
There are so many aspects to consider when it comes to friendship from how to talk to friends, how to play with friends, how to make new friends, and how to be a good friend. There are even more topics as children grow up, such as peer pressure, for instance, that they may need guidance with too. So when it comes to teaching kids about friendship, there are so many factors to consider.
Social stories are a great tool for teaching social skills to kids, especially autistic children. You can simply use a social story to teach each of the different friendship skills your child may need to be a good a friend. Below you will find free social stories about friends, including free printable social stories for kids and social skills videos.
Free Printable Social Stories About Friends
Whether you are looking for a playing with friends social story or being a good friend social story, these free printable social stories about friends are a great starting point! Some of these are pretty simplified and others required a free Teachers Pay Teachers account in order to download, but I hope you will still find them helpful.
1. Free Being a Good Friend Story from All Things Special Ed on Teachers Pay Teachers
2. Free Making Friends Social Story by Teacher Gomez on Teachers Pay Teachers
3. Free I Can Make Friends Social Story by Kelli Writes Social Stories on Teachers Pay Teachers
Video Social Stories for Kids About Friendship
Video social stories can be a great way to teach kids about friendship. Here are some helpful videos!
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Friends affect your life in more ways that you probably realize.
“Make friends” isn’t just something we tell our kids to do on the first day of school — positive friendships are important for adults, too. “When you cross paths with something that you find a connection with, make it a point to get to know them,” says Janice McCabe, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Dartmouth College and author of Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success. “People are typically flattered when you invite them to lunch or to coffee. If they turn you down, you don’t lose much, but if it develops into a friendship, you could gain greatly.”
If you’re still skeptical, here are seven reasons why friendship is vital to our well-being.
Friends lower stress.
When women feel close to someone, levels of progesterone, a hormone that helps reduce stress and anxiety, go up, a study from the University of Michigan found. “The surge was also linked to a willingness to risk one’s life for the other person, so we believe it may have played a role in establishing social bonds over the course of evolution,” says Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine and lead author of the study. Plus, when stress levels go down, so does your risk for health conditions like heart disease, obesity, and depression.
Friends keep you razor-sharp.
Researchers from Northwestern University studied people over age 80 who had the memory function of middle-aged adults and found that these “super agers” had more positive social relationships. “There is a body of prior research that suggests social integration, engagement with family, and emotional support from a social network are positively associated with cognitive function in older adults,” says Amanda Cook Maher, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and lead author of the study. “Our findings add to this prior work by suggesting that perceived high-quality social relationships may be an important factor in above-average cognitive performance.”
Friends can help you live longer.
When researchers asked more than 90,000 women between 50 and 79 how much social support they had, those who said they had more support were more likely to still be living in a follow-up years later. “The difference was slight, but the data is pretty reliable because it was out of such a large group, so it’s less likely to be a coincidence,” says Nancy Freeborne, Dr.PH., adjunct professor of health administration and policy at George Mason University and lead author of the study. Other studies have shown that women with breast cancer who have strong social and emotional networks have better odds of survival.
Friends can boost your career.
Women who frequently check in with two or three women in their friendship circle or have female-dominated inner circles are more likely to land higher-ranking leadership positions, according to a study by the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University. “There continues to be bias in the workplace that makes it difficult for women to have equity in pay and promotion opportunities,” says Jenna Glover, Ph.D., licensed psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “Having strong friendships can help provide networking and mentoring opportunities for career development and advancement.”
On top of that, Glover notes that women who have careers are often asked to juggle more demands outside of work than their male counterparts — such as child-rearing responsibilities — and having friends who can help validate these extra demands and support all aspects of your life can be invaluable.
Friends can motivate you to be healthier.
If you’re looking to start a new workout routine or a healthier diet, take a look at your social circle. You may have more success if your friends employ the healthy habits you’re hoping to adopt. “When we have close friends who exercise, save money, or volunteer, we are more likely to also engage in those same behaviors,” says Glover. “Conversely, when we have friends who smoke, spend impulsively, or have chaotic relationship patterns, we are more likely to mimic those same behaviors in our own life.”
Friends teach you about yourself.
Now might be a good time to think about friendships that are especially meaningful to you. “My research shows that as we’re talking about and thinking about our friends, we’re also reflecting who we are and who we want to be,” says McCabe. “People strive to present themselves as positive and competent people and I’ve found that as people talk about their friends, they are often talking about their current self or the self they’d like to become.”
Along those same lines, if you realize that a particular relationship doesn’t reflect your values, it’s okay to say goodbye. “We are often afraid to let go of friendships — maybe for the nostalgia of the past, the thought that they may be useful in the future, or how it looks to others when we have fewer friends,” says McCabe, “but I find there are times when it is not just okay but helpful for our success and self-identity to let a friendship fade away or break away.”
Friends just help you feel better.
“A lack of friendships and social support increases the risk of developing an anxiety or depressive disorder,” says Glover, “and one of the key treatment components for depression is helping individuals expand their social network and increase the amount of time they are spending with friends.” In fact, good friendships predict health and happiness as we age better than do our relationships with relatives, two studies from Michigan State University show. It may be because we get to weed out meh friends over time, whereas family — including the difficult members — is forever.
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According to experts at the University of Maine, effective communication can help build trust, share ideas and promote increased comprehension of issues and concepts. Speaking, writing and using body language are all key parts of communication, but listening and receiving information is also critical to effective communication. In order to creative effective dialogue, all parties must be able to express themselves clearly and listen for understanding.
Expression in Communication
According to the University of Colorado’s Conflict Resource Consortium, or (CRC), all communication has a sender and a receiver. The sender has information he intends to express to the receiver, who must interpret the information. A variety of elements–including tone, body language and clarity of word choice–can affect the message. Expression of a message, either spoken or written, is a key aspect of successful communication.
According to experts at the University of Maine, body language has a significant effect on communication. A facial expression or a gesture can change the meaning of words, and body language can both negatively and positively affect the outcome of a conversation. Closed body language–such as folded arms, avoidance of eye contact or angry facial expressions–can indicate anger or withdrawal. Open body language–such as eye contact, sitting forward or leaning toward someone and focusing on the conversation–can indicate investment in the communication.
Both the CRC and the University of Maine emphasize that listening plays a key role in effective communication. Without active and well-developed listening skills, the individual receiving information might misinterpret messages. Some key aspects of active listening are an open listening stance, with direct eye contact and focus on the conversation; verbal acknowledgment of key points, such as restating a point or asking a clarifying question; and being able to summarize the other person’s points prior to responding. This helps both parties check for understanding and clarify any misunderstandings, which builds dialogue.
The University of Maine defines dialogue as a meaningful two-way communication that allows people to communicate about topics of importance. In dialogue, participants express thoughts and ideas openly. All parties in a dialogue can listen to the other party’s perspective, regardless of how different it might be, without a need to argue. Dialogue often leads people of different opinions to a better understanding of multiple perspectives on issues.
Assessing Communication Skills
According to the University of Maine, you should routinely assess your communication to ensure that all parties feel heard and to clarify any miscommunication. Consistently practice active listening skills, and consider your body language. As you become more aware of how others listen to you, you are likely to improve your own listening skills and body language. In turn, miscommunications and misinterpretations tend to occur less frequently, increasing the level of understanding and the quality of dialogue.
Any creative process can definitely be considered a fun activity in general. This is especially true for designers and creatives who work as a part of the team. Basically, you can treat this process as a game in order to boost your creative thinking. In that respect, you are free to utilize the strategic moves you would use in a video game to improve your creative process as well as better yourself as a team player at work.
Creative professions such as web/graphic designer, content writer, marketer, etc. require you to work with people as well. It’s not just about focusing straight on your projects. This doesn’t only include clients, but your team members, too. This means that you need to be a valuable addition to the team, especially when you’re all working on a joint project. And, this is where video gaming can help you improve yourself, your communication skills and your patience. After all, just like in video games, working with team members professionally also involves different people with different skills, roles, and personalities.
So, let’s discuss the main skills one can develop when playing video games in a cooperative way and how these help improve your skills to work as a part of the team.
Understand the roles of your teammates
If you have worked on your own before becoming a part of the team, it may be a bit difficult for you to adapt. Still, even when you work as a freelancer, you’re never completely on your own, not really. You still need to discuss important decisions with the clients. For instance, teams in video games all have their own respective roles and duties that will allow all of them to finish different quests. If you play a lot of RPG games, you know what this is about. Essentially, you can translate this practice into your profession. Think of your team as a team of people you play games with. Your quests are your projects. And just like everyone in the game contributes to the goal with their unique skill set, you can all do the same at work.
Learn the game dynamics
Both freelancers and creatives who work for a company can benefit from learning the game dynamics. For starters, if you play games online at different intervals with different people every time you log in, you’ll learn to adapt easier to different clients you probably have to deal with as a freelancer. And games where you already have an established team of players whom you work towards a certain goal with will help you adapt to your position at the company office as well. In the end, it’s all about accepting and understanding the game dynamics. Regardless of what you do, where you do it and who you do it with, working together with the same goal in mind will only be more efficient if you know how.
Get to know your team members better
You don’t have to become best friends with your teammates in order to get to know them better. Even a nice professional relationship is perfectly fine. Of course, if you do become friends, that’s great. But, the point is to know your colleagues enough so that you know how they behave in stressful situations, when they’re impatient, what their thought processes are, etc. This will be essential if you want to work efficiently as a team. Not to mention that you can avoid frustration and awkward future situations if you just learn more about the personalities and temperament of your colleagues.
Basically, the same thing happens in the world of video gaming. After all, once you get to know how some users play and act inside the game, you’d either want to team up with them for a quest or avoid them as much as possible. Obviously, while you can’t avoid your teammates, you can avoid causing the situations that make your relationship difficult. In the end, even if you don’t really get along with your coworkers but know enough about them to work efficiently and professionally, it’s more than enough to earn you respect as a team player.
Communication is essential
RPG games make the communication much more effective, especially since most of them require you to talk openly to your team players about strategies to beat the enemies and take all the right steps. It may be a bit difficult at the beginning, but after a while, you’ll get used to discussing various topics about a common goal and ways to achieve it with different people. Well, you can expect the same thing to happen in the world of creative professions such as website design, content writing and similar. Teams usually consist of people who have different skills and roles in order to bring a certain project to completion. Precisely because of that, you will have to openly discuss and explain your part of the project. You will have to clearly state what has to be done if you’re leading the project as well.
Essentially, communication between team members is a must, both in the world of creative digital work and the world of video gaming. If you already have some experience with the latter, don’t hesitate to utilize it in order to improve efficiency at work, too.