Unfortunately, friendships seem to come and go. People and situations change, which can be a challenge to the health of a friendship. Friendships can be fragile and require time and energy to be at their best. Making friendships a priority can help to overcome these challenges. While it’s not entirely under our control, there are many things you can do to strengthen and preserve friendships.
1. Stay in touch. Reach out to your friends regularly. They’ll be much more likely to stay your friends over the long term.
2. Think about what your friend needs right now. Everyone has a challenge or two they’re facing. How can you help? Let them know you’re available and concerned. This is a big part of being a good friend.
3. Avoid judging. You won’t approve of anyone 100% of the time, not even yourself. Your friend will make choices you don’t agree with, and that’s okay. They don’t approve of everything you do, either. Give your advice when asked and be supportive.
4. Give an occasional compliment. We could all use a little conﬁdence booster now and then. Be the one to give it. Your friends will appreciate it, and you might even get a few more compliments in return.
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