How to Be a Good Friend 7 Ways to Avoid Friendship Failures ...

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How to Be a Good Friend 7 Ways to Avoid Friendship Failures ...
How to Be a Good Friend 7 Ways to Avoid Friendship Failures ...

Be a Good Friend, because it will always come back to you in spades. Friends come and go throughout our lives. Sometimes this is a natural life development, sometimes it's because they let us down. However, it can be us who have forgotten how to be a good friend. As with any relationship, friendships take work and thought. So if your friendships don't seem to work out very well, take a look at what you could do to be a good friend.

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Be a Fab Friend

Friendship is a two-way street – you have to put into it as well as take from it. So don't forget to be a good friend to your pals. Help them out and support them when they need it, listen to their worries and make time for them. In short, treat them as you would like to be treated.

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Make an Effort

Some friendships endure regardless of distance or the time that passes between meetings. Most, however, need nurturing. If you're never the one to call, or only get in contact when you want something, your friends may feel used and drop you. If you really want to have someone in your life, make an effort. Call to ask how they are, suggest meetings, invite them for dinner – show them that you want them around.

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Choose Carefully

If you truly want to be a good friend, then you need to choose carefully. After all, how can you be a good friend to someone that you're not really that interested in? Keeping it going will just be too much effort, and it's not kind to let someone think that you like them more than you do. So make sure that you genuinely want people as your friends.

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Distractions

We all have times when other issues take priority in our lives, but don't neglect your friends. You may have one of those great friendships where you can pick up right where you left off, even after a long time, but most need nurturing. These days, it's easy to drop people a quick email or message to keep in touch, so there's no excuse!

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Partner Priority

When we meet a new partner, it's not unusual to get absorbed in the excitement. You want to spend all your time with them, and forget about your friends. This can be very irritating for them, as they feel that you only want to spend time with them when you've got nothing better to do.

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No Pressure

Sometimes other people try to get you to be friends with a person that you wouldn't otherwise choose to spend time with. For example, your boyfriend may want you to be friends with his best mate's girlfriend. That's fine if you genuinely like her, but don't let yourself be pushed into being friends with someone – because you just won't be a good friend if your heart's not in it.

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Friends Only

It can be tempting to try to turn some friendships into relationships. There are cases where this has worked very well, but be careful. In most situations, it's better to have and to be a good friend, rather than muddle the issue and have things end badly. Nobody wants to lose a good friend.

Always remember that to have good friends, you have to be a good friend. These tips are handy not only for making new friends, but to keep the friendships that you already have working well. Some are effortless, others not, and it's easy to take people for granted and forget what it takes to be a good friend. What would you do to be a good friend?

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Yes, I want to be a good friend, but how?!?!?! Right now, I have to choose, between my old friends and my new friend. But after all, I see my old friends are being too rude to my new friend... They dislike her a lot... They said bad words to her... They harmed her and sometimes even push her really forcefully... I really feel sad to see this happen... BUT my new friend.... Changes her boyfriend every week, she is sort of dirty minded( Even my old friends are!!!) I'm really not interesting at bad words... Now what should I do? My old friends are trying every evil plan to get rid of her and make me go by their side...They made untrue stories and pretended they were harmed.. I don't know if I could trust my true friend... I don't know her much, but all I see, I don't think she's that bad... I don't even know why they hated her this much!! But you must know...my old friends also never treated me that good... They compared me to another girl which has left the school... They said I wasn't good enough...They sometimes ignored me... They tried to push me down..But now, they want me back? I really have no idea what to do...:\

I am a 65-year-old male. I have never been married but I am falling for my best friend who is 20 years younger than me. She has never been married. She has been here for me when I have needed her, and we have never had sex. We talk all the time mostly by text and I am developing feelings for her more and more but I’m afraid to say anything to her because I don’t want to lose her yet I am finding myself falling in love with her. She is in a relationship now but I don’t know how serious it is. Should I say anything to her about how I feel?

Dear aws, My best friend has been having a rough time. she just found out last night that her father has been seeing another woman. her larents have been fighting for a long time before this. She just told me today and she said that when when she was a little girl her father said that he would always tell her the truth and then she burst into tears. The worst thing about it is that she never cries unless something really really terrible has happend.I want to be the best friend i can be right now for he. Do you have any advice for how to cheer her up a bit? yours truly, Amy

Great tips! It gets harder to make friends as you get older and life gets so hectic, these are so helpful!

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