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How To Be A Good Friend

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Good Friendships lead to health and happiness. Tips on how to be a good friend.

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How To Be A Good Friend

  1. 1. How to be a friend
  2. 2. Be kind.
  3. 3. Set an example with your kindness
  4. 4. Look for opportunities to be kind.
  5. 5. Be of service
  6. 6. Share your talents, gifts, and blessings.
  7. 7. Take care of yourself
  8. 8. mentally, physically, emotionally & spiritually Take care of yourself…
  9. 9. Don’t use your friends as therapists.
  10. 10. Turning to friends for emotional support occasionally is okay, but not as the basis for friendship.
  11. 11. Neither a lender nor a borrower be.
  12. 12. If a friend pays your way or you do borrow – reciprocate!
  13. 13. Respect boundaries – your own & your friends.
  14. 14. Don’t try to change your friend. The only person you can change is yourself.
  15. 15. Communicate clearly.
  16. 16. Don’t make assumptions.
  17. 17. Speak to be understood.
  18. 18. Listen.
  19. 19. If a dispute occurs, begin with yourself. What is your part?
  20. 20. When difficulties arise, speak in specifics when communicating about the issue.
  21. 21. Avoid “always,” “never,” and other black & white thinking when communicating.
  22. 22. Make amends.
  23. 23. Once an amends is made, let it go. Forgive.
  24. 24. Make the time to be with your friend.
  25. 25. Feed your friendship.
  26. 26. Feed your friendship... Love.
  27. 27. Feed your friendship... Laughter.
  28. 28. Feed your friendship... Exciting times.
  29. 29. Feed your friendship... Quiet times.
  30. 30. Feed your friendship... Compassion & communication.
  31. 31. Science tells us strong friendships lead to health and happiness. Argyle, M. (2003). 18 Causes and Correlates of Happiness. Well-being: The foundations of hedonic psychology, 353. Seeman, T. E. (2000). Health promoting effects of friends and family on health outcomes in older adults. American Journal of Health Promotion, 14(6), 362-370.
  32. 32. More tools for happiness at www.happycounts.org

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