Friends Articles


Wiggling your way out of the friend zone

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Are you trapped in the friend zone? While it might be nice to have friends of the opposite gender you might figure out that you have deeper feelings for some of these individuals and you would like to get out of the friend zone and to start dating them. Once you are in the friend zone it can be hard as you might be trapped in this zone so what can you do in order to get out of this zone?

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Why friendships often last longer than relationships

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One of the things many women struggle with in their romantic relationships with men is the fact that they often feel closer to their girl friends than they do their significant other. They may notice that they often have longer lasting, closer relationships with their women friends than they ever have with men. This is true of many relationships, the friendships often outlast other relationships, which is one of the main reasons experts all agree that couples should be friends, otherwise their relationships do not stand a chance.

"Why friendships often last longer than relationships" »

How can you have a successful friendship?

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We all want to have friends! These are people that we love to be around and people that we can trust and care for. Friends can be there to help us through some of our darkest times and they help to bring out the best in us and really make our lives meaningful. You need to understand how you can be a good friend in order to have long-lasting friendships that are there for you for many years to come. A friendship that is chosen and nourished will be able to survive turmoil and will be something that you can really rely on when you are in the middle of a life crisis.

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Making friends in a new area

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When you move to a new city or just a new area, making friends can be one of the biggest challenges you have. Friends are great people to have in our lives as they do help to make your life more fulfilling and meaningful. You need them to be there for you and supportive of you but if you are shy and you struggle to break out of your box, making friends can be a hard time. Here are some tips that will be able to help you make friends in a new area or just to make friends in general:

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When friends don't understand your other friendships

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Friendship is a gift, however, it can be a fragile gift, one that takes a lot of careful handling and time. It is important that you not ignore the things that irk your friends, but instead, learn to help your friendship through. One common problem amongst friends, especially close friends, is jealousy. It can be hard for one friend to understand your relationships and friendships with others, or accept them. It might spark insecurities and waves of jealousy in them that they have a hard time stopping. When this happens, consider the following:

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How to maintain your friendships

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When you have friendships, you need to maintain them. No relationship lasts if it does not have some attention. However, maintaining a friendship requires care. The right attention and care will help you build and maintain friendships that last a lifetime. Here are a few tips for maintaining friendships:

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How to help a friend grieve

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Grieving is a subject that remains taboo to talk about. Few people are comfortable with the idea of dealing with grief. This tends to have a serious effect on personal relationships. Everyone in life has to deal with grief at one time or another. Whether from a serious illness, death of a loved one, or the demise of a marriage, grief is an integral part of life. This means that it becomes very important to know how to help a friend or family member deal with their grief. If you can help your loved one deal with their grief in a productive manner, you can deepen the relationship you have with them. Here is what you need to know about how to help a friend grieve-

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How to be a good friend

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Everyone wants friends, in their lives. Friends can often be the family that we choose. However, being a good friend can be a complicated process. Every relationship has its ups and downs and involves two human beings, so the possibilities are nearly endless for problems. However, there are certain steps that can help you be a better friend. Everyone at any age can always use a refresher on how to be a good friend. Following these guidelines can help you deal with your friends when times are good or not so good. Here is what you need to know about how to be a good friend-

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Rebuilding Your Broken Friendships

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Have you lost some great relationships in the past? If you used to have some strong friendships and you have lost them, what can you do to rebuild them and bring them back in your life? A friendship lost can be a devastating thing. You need to do all that you can to try and rebuild your friendships as you want to keep these people in your life. A good friend can make you into a better person and they are a person at you can really trust and respect and a person that you want to share your time with. What is it going to take to mend a broken friendship? You may be surprised to learn that simply picking up the phone and calling your friend can have a big impact. If you were in the wrong, you need to apologize. Even if you were not wrong in the end, simply calling and telling your friend that you miss them will make a big impact.

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Know yourself, for better, more meaningful relationships

friends26667557.jpgIf you know yourself better, you will have better, more meaningful relationships. The fact is, people who aren't sure who they are, what they want in life, etc. are the people who can't seem to get relationships right. They get upset when their partner does not provide them what they want, but they can't define what they want, so it is an impossible task.

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Friendships with family are not always easy

friends30880102.jpgYour family members might be some of your closest friends, but all too often, they can become bitter enemies, or at least far from friendly. We often find that we treat our family members poorly, and as a result, real friendships with family members can be difficult, strained, or stressful.

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Dating a friend

womanonphone30388715.jpgHave you been friends with someone for a while, and are discovering your feelings may actually run deeper? It is common for friends of the opposite gender to find that they have some deeper feelings. This is one of the reasons the common belief that platonic friendships are a myth exists. However, just because you know you like your friend does not make it easy to do something about it. When you consider dating a friend, all kinds of red flags come up. The biggest is, what will happen to our friendship? The following is a look at some of the pros and cons of dating a friend.

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Bad friends lead to bad choices

unsure19166659.jpgThe friends you hang out with will influence the choices that you make. Often bad friends lead to bad choices. So, how can you have friends who do not have the same values and morals as you, and still keep your own morals and values? How can you be around people making poor choices, and still make good ones yourself?

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Need more friends

friends30771970.jpgSometimes you grow so comfortable in your life and with your friend group that you do not put yourself out there and make new friends. Then, your life changes or your friend's lives change, and you drift apart, leaving you feeling like you don't have friends. If you need more friends, here are some tips for making it happen:

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My friends just want to party

drinks60514724.jpgWhen you have friends that just want to party it can be hard to hang out with them. This is especially difficult if you are not the type of person that enjoys drinking or going to bars etc.

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Listening to a friend's advice

womanthinkingandsmiling33030170.jpgFriends often give advice to other friends, but the question is whether or not you should listen to the advice that they offer? The answer is usually no, and here are the reasons why.

Friends want what is best for you and what will make you happy. This might seem like a reason to listen to their advice, but the fact is, often good advice and what makes someone instantly happy are not going to go together well. For example, a girl may like a guy that is bad news.

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How can you get people to like you?

family30352360.jpgDo you find that it is hard to get people to like you? If you have had a hard time making friends, what is it about your personality or the way in which you interact with others that cause people to avoid you? You don't need to completely conform who you are to the way the "popular kids" think but you do need to learn what is socially acceptable and to learn for ways to fit in so you can have an easier time making friends.

"How can you get people to like you?" »

My friend is making poor choices

walking41850447.jpgWhen your friends make poor choices, and feel like they are just doing their thing, you are faced with a tough situation. It can be hard to know when to step in and be a friend, or when to step back, and let them make their own choices.

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Friendships gone bad

perparingforboxing33338232.jpgSometimes friendships just go bad. There occasionally comes a point when it seems like a friendship is more work then it is worth. Or, that each time you spend time with your "friend" you leave it feeling down, bad about yourself, or like you have had a real energy drain. This is a sign that the friendship is starting to sour, and here are some tips for how to handle it:

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Creating sibling bonds

sibilings63561169.jpgDo you see friends who are really close with their brothers or sisters and wonder what you can do to create such good friendships with your own. Sibling friendships and bonds often take a great deal of work to keep in a happy state, and other times come naturally and easily. Regardless of what the situation is for you, having a sibling to whom you are close can really benefit your life. Here are some tips for helping to create sibling bonds:


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Theft in relationships

clip71731932.jpgRelationships are always going to be somewhat complex. There are going to be things that upset the balance of things, cause fights, problems, and upsets. There are also going to be the times when things are going really well. So, what do you do when you experience theft in your relationships? Consider the following:

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Seeing more than someone's faults

friends30718454.jpgSeeing someone's faults is easy. Name a person and I can tell you in a matter of minutes the things about them that I do not like. We all have this canny ability to recognize all of the bad in people, however, this article focuses on how to see more than someone's faults, and start seeing their good qualities and attributes as well. The following are five things you can do see more in someone than their faults:

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Mentally challenged friends

friends30742814.jpgDuring our lifetime we get to meet and experience knowing people from all walks of life. This can be a great way to diversify, and enjoy a unique life, with a good variety of friends. Sometimes we met people who suffer from a mental disability, such as mental retardation. Being friends with people who are mentally challenged can be very fulfilling, even if it is a little difficult. Consider the following:

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I love you more than a friend

walking41850447.jpgWhen you love someone more than a friend, but they think you are just friends, it can be scary and tricky knowing what to do. Sometimes it is best to make a move and see what happens, and in other cases, it can be a total shut down. The following is a look at how to know if you should let someone know you love them more than friends.

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How to salvage friendships after feelings are hurt

mulitracial39158659.jpgSometimes in friendships we say or do things that hurt our friends' feelings. Disagreements, arguments, petty conversations, gossip, jealousy, and a number of other problems can cause a rift in a friendship. Without taking steps to repair it, that rift can lead to ruined friendships. Salvaging friendships after hurt feelings is not always an easy process, but can be done using the following five tips.

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Growing up in relationships

fruit33270143.jpgSometimes when we get in a relationship we are a bit immature. The relationship is based on fun and games, jokes and laughs, but as the relationship grows, it can mature, and so do we. The following is a look how to grow up in relationships, and still make them work. The excuse of many for divorce is that you grew up, your dreams changed, and you grew apart as a result. However, it is possible to grow up and change, and still maintain a happy, healthy relationship. Growing up does not have to mean growing apart.

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Double dating

foyer63332683.jpgOne on one dates are terrific. But sometimes it can be fun to mix it up a little bit and join another couple on a double date. This article discusses a little about double dating.

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Dealing with living situation problems

oldercouple32016159.jpgOften times the hardest relationship problems to deal with are those that involve the people we live with. A roommate can be especially difficult to talk to about a problem because you may have no other relationship with them other than living in the same house. Many people do not know their roommates before they move in, and from there, many do little to get to know their roommates. So, what should you do if you have a problem with one of them? Try the following advice.

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Competition among friends

swimteam60512983.jpgCompetition among friends can be both good and bad. It can lead to a stronger friendship, or it can act as the wedge that tears the friendship apart. Let's take a look at competition among friends, and how to make sure you keep it a good, healthy competition.

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Being used by friends

friends19138819.jpgEveryone has a friend or two that seems to be more of a convenient friend than a true friend. However, sometimes it is hard to know what to do about it. This is especially difficult if you feel like these friends use you. Whether they use you for rides, drinks, or for something to do when no one else can, it is never fun to feel used, especially by a friend. The following is a look at what to do.

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Being a trustworthy friend

friends26651528.jpgOne of the key elements of any relationship is trust. Trust is essential for the relationship to grow and become strong. Without trust, most relationships wither and die. So, how can you be a trustworthy friend, and thus improve your relationships? Try the following considerations:

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Why friends sometimes get possessive

twobusinesswomen23306487.jpgMost of the time if you have friends who get possessive the reason behind it is they are insecure in their relationships. When your friends get possessive it can mean that they feel like they are losing control, so what they do in response to that is they take control of the situation, which can be your relationship. Dealing with a possessive friend no matter what their reason for being possessive is can be rough; it is bound to stretch your patience. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help deal with your possessive friend before your friendship is ruined.

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When your friends are too controlling

peoplegesturing7622291.jpgWhen your friends are too controlling you, do not have very many options. Either you can quit being friends with them or you can learn to deal with their controlling ways. If you decide to deal with their controlling behavior there are some things that you can do to make it easier.

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The Online Friendship Revolution

womanonlaptop30719432.jpgMost people like to keep in touch with their friends on a regular basis, especially those that don't live nearby, but if you are like most people, your phone bill probably can't afford a conversation with your best friend living three states away everyday. Thanks to the advent of the internet keeping in touch with friends, especially those who don't live close at hand, is easy and inexpensive. Here are four ways to keep in touch with friends through the internet.

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My Own Worst Enemy, My Best Friend

highfives10054971.jpgBickering is usually hottest between sisters growing up. Brothers can slug each other a few times and be best friends twenty minutes later, but sisters can hold grudges for days that end up in arguments, cat fights, and petty tricks. People say that things will get better when you are all older. What if that isn't good enough? What if you want to be best friends with your sister now? Start by telling her you want to make her your best friend and make sure she agrees and is willing to put forth the effort. There aren't many suggestions out there to make you sister your best friend, but start with these:

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Making New Friends with Social Networking

womanwithheadset30343063.jpgMaking friends in the real world can be hard. There are so many factors that influence whether you'll actually be friends or not, that it is hard to make an invaluable friend out of a friendly acquaintance. Trust, vulnerability, and a certain level of intimate conversation are all required in the real world when making friends. The virtual world, on the other hand, can be an easier tool to use to make friends and get to know someone without getting too vulnerable before you're ready. Using online social networks like facebook, twitter, and myspace (as well as paid social networks like online dating services) to make new friends can be quite easy.

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Keeping friends when you part ways for college

manatcrossroads32184552.jpgCollege is an exciting time of new experiences, new friends, and the beginning of a new chapter of life.

But many people worry that once they part ways for college, the close friendships they have had over the years through school. will go away. While this often happens, it doesn't have to be the case.

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How to not make enemies out of friends

meninsuitswordfight32346821.jpgIn the workplace or in your personal life we all need friends to help us get through the day. Many times, you can take a relationship with friends from the workplace and turn it into a personal friendship, but you cannot do this if you make enemies out of friends.

Here are some steps you can follow to avoid making enemies out of friends.

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How to make friends out of enemies

fighting28710646.jpgYou are not going to get along with everybody. You will sometimes even find people that you despise, but just because you can't stand to be around that person doesn't mean you can't be friends with the. Spending the energy to despise somebody is a waste of time; it wastes energy that you could be spending doing on other things. Instead of despising this person, what you need to do is learn how to turn your enemies into friends.

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How to know if your friendships will last

discussion8075165.jpgMost people have friends that they have lost touch with throughout the years. At the same time, you probably also have friends who have been your friends for a long time.

What's the difference between friendships that last and those that fade with time? There are a number of factors that influence whether or not your friendship will last, but the most important is the effort you and your friends put into your friendship.

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Get Bit by the Keep in Touch Bug

manonphone30342808.jpgKeeping in touch with friends can be difficult, especially when distance is an obstacle. Interaction is what keeps a relationship alive, but who says it has to be face to face interaction. If you can commit to keeping touch with friends even when they don't live close by, you'll find a world of ways to help you keep your commitment. Here are a few suggestions:

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Friendship is not a competition

menintugofwar23085268.jpgFriendship is an important part of the human experience. Good friends are there to lift us up, encourage us, share in our happiness and successes, and support us.

With that in mind, a good friendship is not a competition. Competition in friendship can lead to hurt feelings, resentment, and other negative emotions that can drive two friends apart.

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Wishy washy friend

friends19138819.jpgQuestion: I have a friend who has been part of my life for a little over 6 years. We have a lot of fun when we hang out, but he seems to only hang out with me if nothing better is going on. He will never commit to anything. If I call and invite him to do something his standard response is, "That sounds fun, I will let you know." I feel like he is telling me that if nothing better comes up he will be there. I am sick of feeling like I am his last choice. Should I drop him as a friend, or tell him how I feel and hope he changes?

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My friend the mooch

walletwithmoney8252668.jpgQuestion: My friend is a really thoughtful person, but she is also a huge mooch, and it is so annoying. She is constantly "forgetting her wallet" or saying that she "will get me next time". Sometimes we go out to eat, and she doesn't order, and then she wants to take my leftovers home, or asks for bites from everyone. She never chips in for gas. We rent movies a lot, and she never pays to rent it, and everyone usually brings snacks, but she never contributes. I enjoy her company, but I am sick of always footing the bill. It isn't just money. She always wants to borrow my clothes, and she forgets to return them. How can I get her to stop mooching?

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Missed my birthday

party31933648.jpgQuestion: This year I got really into birthdays. So, I made a special point of doing something for each of my friend's for their birthday. I would take them to breakfast, or throw a surprise party for them, or ship them a gift if I lived too far away to see them, etc. When my birthday rolled around I expected my friends to call or text, or send cards or gifts. However, ALL of my friends missed my birthday. Not one of them called me, or did anything for me for my birthday. I didn't do stuff for them so that they would do stuff for me, but I still expected something, a call at the least. Now I am mad, and my friends can tell, but they think I am overreacting. Am I?

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Friends in sales

friends26651195.jpgQuestion: One of my girlfriends is into network marketing. She is involved in several of those pyramid scheme things, and finds a new one almost every year it seems. I am sick of listening to her pitch me every juice, makeup product, and supplement there is. How can I tell her nicely that while I want to be her friend, I don't want to be hit up to "start my own business" "get easy health" or whatever else it might be. How can I get my friend to stop trying to sell me on every scheme she is involved in?

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Confused relationship

teenrelationship41861339.jpgQuestion: I am really confused by what my relationship means. I am friends with this girl, but we always hold hands when we are out together, and we cuddle while we watch movies. We talk on the phone every day and night, and we never make plans without running it past each other first, but we have never kissed, and don't refer to each other as our significant others. What are we?

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Want to connect with old high school friends?

PDAkeyboard16474455.jpgFor some people, high school is the high-point of their life. They had a good group of friends and they felt loved and accepted by others. For many people, high school way a great time because they didn't have to worry about the real-world pressures that come with getting a job and earning an income to support a family. If you have lost touch with some of your high school friends over the years, you are not alone. There are millions of people out there that wish they could re-connect with their old high school friends and find out what they are up to.

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Using videos to keep in touch with old friends

webcam45381716.jpgReconnecting with old friends and family couldn't be easier than it is today in our world of email, YouTube, and all the social networking sites available for expanding and finding people you're missing. The distance between family members has become even shorter with the ability to send video mail. A webcam, microphone and you as the cast is all you need to put a more personal touch to staying in touch with friends and family that you can't see often. What better way to share your memories with some of your old friends that live far away?

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Tips on making new friends

coworkersaroungacomputer22990951.jpgNo matter what your reason might be there is going to come a time in your life when you have to make new friends. For some people making new friends is a simple thing to do, for others it might be a little bit difficult but they can still get the job done, and with others the thought of making new friends scares them to death. Just because you have a hard time, making new friends that doesn't mean that it is impossible for you to make new friends, what it means is that you are going to need to learn some tips and tricks to making new friends.

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Simple tips to make friends at work

newspaper19313939.jpgIn today's society we find that most of our time is spent working. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to connect and make friends with those whom you spend the majority of your time? Whether you find yourself in a new job or just in a position where you are isolated from people this article will provide you with some helpful tips to help you make friends at work.

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Re-building friendships with high school friends

happyman19220291.jpgFriendships make up a unique part of our lives. Everyone is different and brings unique qualities to their friendships. Building a relationship with a friend requires taking risks by trusting and expecting trust in return from that individual. In order to promote a healthy relationship there must be equality and loyalty between friends and a strong desire to work through any challenges that come up.

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Qualities in a great friend

business41865609.jpgNot everybody has the same idea on what it takes to be a friend. It is because of this variation in thinking that we have a variety of friends. Most of us have friends that fall into different categories. We have good friends, friends that are simply acquaintances, and we have great friends. Just because we have known somebody for a long time that doesn't automatically make them a great friend. In order to be a great friend you are going to have to meet certain qualifications.

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Planning a reunion with old friends

car67938962.jpgPlanning a reunion with old high school friends can be a fun experience. Depending upon how big you want your reunion to be, you can easily make reservations for a few people at a local restaurant or you may need to rent an entire space. Large high school reunions require a lot of planning and time. If you don't want to plan a large reunion, you can make a small effort to make a big impact upon your old high school friends. Here are some tips to help you plan a reunion:

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Organizing a luncheon or a dinner to keep in touch with old friends

businesslunchen32174886.jpgIf you were to make a list of all your good friends, can you write the date you last communicated with each of them in any way? When did you last listen to their problems, their triumphs, or just listen to the sound of their voice? It's interesting isn't it, that we unknowingly place these very important relationships to the side in order to facilitate the needs of our coworkers, our children and our spouses?

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Opening up to your co-workers and developing friendships with them

groupofmenatlunch30338711.jpgWhen you start a new job or you have new employee's hired on at your current job, you can find yourself forming bonds and friendships with a lot of new and diverse people. Learning about new people and opening up yourself to make co-workers your friends can be difficult and challenging at times.

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Making friends online

communication23689951.jpgOne thing that some people find hard to do is to make new friends. Some people freeze at the thought of going out in public to socialize or are petrified at the thought of having to talk to total strangers. If meeting new people face to face is not something that you can envision yourself doing, thanks to technology there is a new way to make new friends. Something that is becoming quite popular is making friends online, which means you can get to know the people first and meet them later.

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Making friends once you are married

foyer63332683.jpgIf you just got married than you might have noticed your old friends acting a little funny, especially those that are single. Although their behavior might hurt your feelings, it is not something that you should be too concerned about because it is normal behavior. Some of your friendships might end because you got married, but most of your single friends are just going to need to adjust to your being married. If you have found that most of your single friends have drifted away from you can go about making new friends now that you are married.

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Making friends at work

businessmeeting30393267.jpgSome of us spend more time at work than at home. The people we work with tend to become like family members. They will be able to detect when we are going through a hard time and they are there to up-lift and encourage us. It is critical for your personal, emotional, and professional development to spend time making friends at work. Not everyone will get along with one another and become best friends, but it does help to have friends at work.

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Making friends after you get divorced

familyfriends30715802.jpgIf you have just recently gone through a divorce, you might have noticed that some of your friendships are a bit more strained than before. The main reason for this is that when you get divorced many of your friends' feel awkward being around you because they used to be friends with both you and your spouse. Most people who were your friends once you got married, no matter how well intentioned they are, have a hard time being friends with both people. The main reason for that is that most people have opinions and those opinions are not easily kept to themselves, meaning they probably have an opinion one way or another about your divorce from your spouse.

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Improving your friendships

twowomanhighfivingeachother22990915.jpgAny friendship that you might have is going to need to be maintained if we expect it to last a lifetime. All too often what happens is we become friends with people and we neglect to maintain our friendship, so people think that you no longer want to be friends.

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How to reconnect with old high school friends

accountant37004113.jpgEveryone brings special and unique qualities to friendships. That's what draws other people to you and allows relationships to become richer and wiser. Building a relationship with a friend requires taking risks by trusting and expecting trust in return from that individual. In order to promote a healthy relationship there must be equality and loyalty between friends and a strong desire to work through any challenges that come up. When you make the decision to find some of your old classmates, it's much easier now than ever before through those free social networking sites. Places such as MySpace, Facebook, Linked In and Classmates.com all have specific tools to help you search for people in your school and work communities.

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How to make new friends

maninwheelcahirshakinghandswithwoman23092144.jpgThere is going to come a time in your life when you are going to need to expand your circle of friends. Most people have no problem talking to people and making new friends, but a few just can't seem to get up the courage to talk to new people. If you have to make new friends and are petrified of the thought the best thing that you can do is to learn some quick steps to follow to make friends easily.

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How to make a new co-worker your friend

bikerace19288371.jpgHave a new hire in the office? Are you looking for a new friend? This is a situation that many of us find ourselves in. But how do you make the new co-worker your friend. First and foremost go introduce yourself to them. You can never make friends if you don't talk to people. But what do you say in the opening conversation? Here are a few talking points you might want to try out.

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How to be a great friend

drinks60514724.jpgBeing a great friend is something that can be easy or hard, it all depends on how you look at it. However, the one thing that you need to keep in mind is that being a great friend is not something that you can do when you feel like it. In order to be a great friend you are going to have to be willing to sacrifice things for your friends. You can't be a great friend if you are only a part-time friend, being a great friend requires you being there full time.

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Giving old friendships time to blossom

friends26667557.jpgHuman beings are social creatures by nature. We crave love and attention from our peers. This is why so many people absolutely loved high school and way so many others hated it. All of us must take time to strengthen our friendships or we can easily lose the people that have come into our lives. This commonly happens with old high school friends. They may have been your best friend for years, but you went separate ways after high school. Over time you found it harder and harder to stay in touch with your friend and different situations forced the two of you to lose contact.

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Getting in touch with old friends

cellphone30346706.jpgSocial networking sites were created to keep people in touch with one another. People have found that social networking sites provide them with a great opportunity to get in touch with their high school classmates. By nature, humans are social creates. We like to interact with one another and we love to find out what are old classmates are up to.

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Free ways to find your old classmates

accountant37004036.jpgFinding friends online is probably much easier than you'd first think. Join a social networking site and start finding your friends. The whole basis of being on a social networking page is to find like-minded individuals who you can discuss various topics with, get information from, and socialize with. Their structures are simple to navigate and can be tailored to match your personality and privacy needs. Most "Friend-of-a-friend" networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace have a directory of people or topics that are similar to yours.

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Forming tighter bonds between your children

friends35810015.jpgIf you have more than one child you have already dealt with some form of sibling rivalry or just general fighting among siblings. While some fighting between siblings is normal, that does not mean that all fighting between your children is normal nor is it healthy for your children. Every parents dream is to have their children get along and have strong family bonds with each other, but sometimes as parents you are at a loss of how to make this happen. Sometimes between a few siblings getting along and forming a bond just seems to be out of their reach.

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Common ground a great foundation for a friendship

friends30742814.jpgMost friendships happen because you have something in common with your friends. If you didn't have anything in common with your friend, chances are you probably wouldn't have started talking to them in the first place. Now that you want to enlarge your circle of friends or if you have moved to a new area and need to make new friends one of the best things that you can do is find some common ground and build your friendship up from there. Having a common ground is a great foundation for your friendship for a variety of reasons.

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Building love, respect, and friendship in your home

familycooking32012309.jpgThere are many ways a person or person's can build a loving and respectful home. It takes time and patience, along with the willingness to agree to disagree. To start building a good relationship in your home, you have to start with yourself. Take the time to find out who you are and what you can do to make a relationship work. Think about how your words and actions can affect your family members. You may have an opinion on a subject, and your family member may disagree. Make a mental not to always agree to disagree.

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Building friendships after graduation

cellphone30365260.jpgEvery year students look forward to summer vacation because it means they get to spend time with their friends doing fun and exciting things. However, when you graduate from high school you will no longer have summer vacation to look forward too, instead you are about to being a completely new journey in life. Beginning this new journey causes some teens to worry what is going to happen to their friendships with certain people. The reason that so many people worry is because you will no longer be seeing the same faces in the hallway, many people will be leaving for college in the fall, so how are you supposed to build and maintain your friendships after you have graduated.

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Attending high school reunions

portfolio71367089.jpgMany of us look back on our High School days with a mixture of pride, and gratitude for being gone. The experiences of high school may be rather generic for most of us, but they helped shape who we have become today. Touching base with a group of people who shared those same childhood experiences in the form of a class reunion can be a positive and fun experience, but for some it's also difficult to go back to the days where old rivalries and romances swirl around a more mature, but still familiar, audience.

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What to do when your best friend starts changing for the worst

concernedman19185284.jpgMaking and keeping friends is a valuable life skill. Children learn it from the earliest ages and yet as adults it is a forgotten art. Rarely do we think about how much work it takes to cultivate new friendships and face all the challenges that go along with building the relationships. If you were to ask the best way to make and keep a friend, the rules can be keep short and simple:

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Internet friend problems

womanonlaptop30719432.jpgInternet friendships are gaining more popularity. The typical challenges of personal friendships such as distance, marriage, children and work do not always affect internet relationships. They have their own set of challenges and rewards and require creative thinking to address many of the issues that may be easily avoided if there was more face to face time. Learning to be flexible to the ever shifting needs and quirks of a friendship will ensure resiliency and strength in the relationship.

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How to become life-long friends with your siblings

popcorn37698918.jpgParents know that when it comes to raising multiple children, there are personality clashes, ability battles, attention ploys, and multiple battles only to conclude that sibling rivalry is part of family life. The degree of rivalry, along with whether or not it has long term consequences, either positive or negative, depends on how parents handle the situation.

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Helping a friend through personal challenges

twomenwalkingdownthestairs7625667.jpgOur friends are an important piece of our lives, and when they struggle with problems we want to do all that we can to help them face and overcome issues. The love and respect we feel for our close friends can sometimes be enough to help them overcome personal challenges as long as we use tools and techniques that are positive and focus on empowering them to find their own solutions.

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Feeling left-out in your group of friends? How to cope.

guys26651924.jpgAs adults, most of us have learned how to cope with the changing tides of friendship. We have those friends who are close to us and have been for many years, and the acquaintances that come in to our lives for a certain time or reason. But when these changing tides hit our teens, who are already in the midst of evolving into their own personality and individual, feeling left out of a crowd can be a devastating experience.

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Dealing with friends with mood swings and personality disorders

womanangryatphone35813101.jpgMood swings are a part of life, and with some personality disorders, a blinding way of life that can take people from one extreme to another. Moods vary from really happy and energetic to very low and depressed. This way of living is very emotionally and physically draining because the swing from high to low takes so much energy. If you have a friend whose mood swings tend to be more intense and more frequent than what you consider normal, here are some ways to determine whether it is just a mood swing or something more serious.

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Wedding gifts one-uppence

giftbox36222432.jpgWeddings are very exciting for the happy couple and also for all the guests that will be attending the event and doting on the bride and groom. Many gifts and greetings are exchanged during the course of bridal showers, receptions and housewarming gifts and many newlyweds look forward to the things that their friends and family will be gifting to them. But there is another aspect of wedding gift giving that some people are less likely to appreciate or enjoy and it is wedding gift one-uppence.

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Ungrateful friends

womenboxingman28724766.jpgOne thing that makes many people more angry than almost anything else is people that are ungrateful or who don't show gratitude when it is due. It can be difficult to deal with people you don't have any relationship that are ungrateful and even more difficult if it is a problem that someone you are friends with has. People who are ungrateful are sometimes oblivious to the fact and there are many things you can do to help them and make a good relationship out of bad situations.

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Pregnancy when friend can't get pregnant

pregnant41922091.jpgTrying to put yourself in someone else's shoes is almost always the most effective way to figure out for yourself how it is that you should act in a situation that is uncomfortable. Just as in the case of being pregnant and having a friend who can't get pregnant, understanding the emotions that your friend is likely to be going through when they hear the news of your pregnancy can help to guide you as you try to find the right words to say in those awkward situations.

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Nosy friends

busfriends30396999-1.jpgThere are times when you may have something you just don't want to share with anyone else. When others start to pry or get nosy about things that we really don't want to share, it can sure put a damper on the moment and make it more difficult to deal with the situation. Here are some tips for dealing with nosy friends.

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Getting along with teammates

teengirls30336561.jpgPut a bunch of competitive and self-motivated people on one team and you are bound to have a few disagreements. Getting along with people that you compete with is especially difficult. This predicament is probably most common in the work place. If you are going to get ahead in a competitive job market, you are going to have to very closely guard your individual progress and that might mean stepping over your teammates to do so. Just as with a sports team, there are ways to combine individual strengths, address weaknesses and work together to be better at whatever job you have because of the support of your team.

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Are you not girlfriend material?

womanonphone30388715.jpgIf you are a girl who is friends with a lot of boys, but can't seem to ever be more than a friend, you might think you are not girlfriend material. This is a cop-out that boys use, and girls use when they do not want to risk a friendship, or are too afraid of rejection to ever try to move things forward in a relationship. If you think you are not girlfriend material, consider the following:

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Using social media to find old friends and reconnect

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Sometimes you lose touch with friends, and lucky for you, today there are tons of ways to reconnect, and rekindle old friendships. One of the most effective ways is through social networking sites, and social media. Let's take a look:

First, to understand why social networking is perfect for reconnecting with old friends, you have to ask yourself why you lost touch in the first place. Most people can tell you it is because you moved off to college, went to different towns, got different jobs, married people from different places, or simply had changes in interests. Nine times out of ten, friendships that end, that you want to rekindle, did not end because of a fight, or a misunderstanding but because your lives too you in different directions, sometimes physically, sometimes just mentally.

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Transitioning from acquaintances to friends

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Standing by the office refrigerator and smiling to your co-workers doesn't count as having friendships at work. This barley qualifies as having a casual acquaintance at work. If you are tired of being alone and you want to make friends, one of the best places to start is with some of your casual acquaintances. But how can you make the transition from casual acquaintances to friendship? This article will provide some tips on how you can do this.

First, understand what it means to be a friend. A friend is someone that cares for the feelings of others. They are there to listen to them, support them, share, affirm, and accept them no matter what happens.

Building a deep friendship can take years to develop. A true friend is someone that will be there for you at all times, even if it has been 4 years since you last saw them. Think back to when you were a child, how hard was it to build friends? Usually it's easier to build friendships as children because you share the same interests and you are at school or church together so it tends to form naturally. As adults, it is pretty much the same process. Normally people make friends with others that share their same interests like softball or reading romance novels. Seek out people that like to do some of the same things you like to do.

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Simple things that can help you build and maintain friendships

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If you are tired of sitting at home every weekend, it's time to bust out of your shell and make some friends. Building friendships will take some hard effort on your part, but it will be worth it in the long run. Here are some simple tips to follow if you want to build and maintain friendships:

  • Have an attractive personality. You don't need to be the life of the party but people will not be drawn to you if you don't open up and talk to them. If you have a hard time conversing with others, make a list of ten things to talk about and then start asking questions about others when you are at work. Making small steps is a great way to start building your social network.

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Secrets of making friends

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Everyone wants friends, but some people are just better at making them than others. The following are a few tips to enlighten anyone to the secret of making friends. You do not have to be beautiful, interesting, or smart to make friends, you just have to apply some simple principles.

Show interest in them. People want other people to find them interesting and intriguing. If you show interest in them, they are going to instantly like you. You show your interest by asking questions, by being genuinely concerned and interested in what they have to say, what they do, what they like, what they do not like, etc. So, when you meet people, get them talking about themselves, and keep them talking by asking pertinent questions.

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Making time for your friends

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Let's say you swore to be "friends forever" with some of your pals from high school or college and you were shocked to see that you just don't have the time to keep this strong friendship going, what do you do? Making time for your friends must be one of your priorities, but it needs to find its place with the other activities in your life like your family, your career, etc.

One of the best ways to make time for your friends is to organize your life. Make a list of all the things you need to accomplish and make sure you set aside some time where you can get together with some of your friends. Even if it is just grabbing a quick bite to eat, your friends deserve to have some of your time.

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Maintaining friendships after graduation

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Children look forward to graduation for a long time. Many of them are excited to move onto college or other adventures that await them in adulthood; however there is always the looming fear that they will lose some of their friendships. Maintaining friendships after graduation isn't always easy, it's going to take a lot of time and effort. The reason why you will lose some of your friendships is because you are no longer in the same hallways anymore, you could be living in different states and email and text messages are the only way to keep in touch. This article will provide you with a simple guide to help you maintain friendships after graduation.

The most important thing you can do is stay in touch with your friends. Don't let them fall off your radar, send emails, text messages, voice mails, and make sure to get together for lunches or events. In high school, you had the option to see them on a daily basis so it was easy to keep in touch. Now you have to make a serious effort to keep your friendships. Since you are having different experiences from some of your friends, make an effort to share this with them and find a way to involve them in it. Invite them to some of your college parties or work parties. If you don't keep them involved in your "new life" you will find out that you and your friends will eventually go in opposite directions and the only conversation you have will be a once-a-year catch-up. Try to keep your conversations with your friends meaningful instead of as a catch-up session. Superficial friendships are built on catch-up sessions and these friendships never last long.

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Having a girls night or boys night after marriage

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Marriage is wonderful, and in marital bliss there is a common misconception that you should spend every moment together, and always want to be with each other, and have no desire to spend time with other people. This is simply not the case. The following is a look at why it is a good idea to have a regular girls night or boys night even after you are married.

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Building close friendships

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As human beings, we are naturally drawn to one another and we crave attention and love from each other.

Building close friendships doesn't always happen overnight. We need to be attracted to others for a list of different qualities that they possess. Everyone has their own unique qualities and these qualities help to make a friendship stronger and bring two people close together. Some of the common qualities people look for in a friend include the following:

  • Honesty

  • Reliable person

  • Speaking positively about others

  • Thinking of others before themselves

  • Being respectful to others

  • Listening

  • Helping friends through problems

  • Caring about their feelings

  • Common interests

  • Being nonjudgmental

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Be a quitter

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When you fight with friends or family, you are doing your relationship a huge injustice. This is not to say that difference in opinion never arise, or that you shouldn't have strong enough opinions to start an argument, but when you let it escalate, and put being right, or winning over the relationship, you often do irreparable damage. The following is a look at how you can be a quitter, but not in the negative connotation it is known for. This is an article about how to quit fighting.

Step one: Put pride away. The majority of fights in relationships, no matter what kind of relationship they are, friendship, marriage, siblings, etc. are not really about the issue at hand, but about the pride that is at stake. No one wants to be at fault, or be wrong, and so they dig in, and let their pride flair up, and a simple disagreement, or a conflict escalates into a fight. So, put your pride away. Recognize that having the relationship is far better than having the hollow satisfaction of proving that they are the problem, or that you knew better, you are smarter, etc. When you can learn to put pride on a shelf, and put a relationship, and the other person first, you can start to find that deeper, longer lasting satisfaction that is gained by having true relationships, ones that last.

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Strengthening your friendship after a fight

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Regardless of the type of relationship, whether it's parent or child, husband and wife, or friend to friend, there are bound to be arguments and fights at some point or another. These usually occur when personalities or beliefs clash.

However, a fight with a friend doesn't have to be the end of your friendship. In fact, if you handle it properly, you can come out of a friend fight with an even stronger relationship and better friendship than before.

The following are some tips for strengthening your friendship after a fight:

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Staying friends after a break-up: is it a good idea?

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Sometimes, the end of a relationship takes one or even both parties by surprise and can be painful, leaving one or the other with hurt feelings.

However, not all breakups have to be this way. Many couples manage to remain close friends despite no longer becoming romantically involved.

But is this always a good idea? The following are some things to consider when considering whether or not to stay friends after a break up:

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Keys to having great communication in friendships

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Usually when we become friends with someone it is in large part because we have communication similarities with that person. Studies have even been conducted that examine that similarity in communication values as a predictor of friendship choices. The bottom line is that one of the main reasons why we choose to be friends with someone in the first place, is because we get along with and are able to communicate with that person. Most often if someone is so different from you that you cannot carry on a conversation with them that relationship may be friendly, but chances are it will not continue on to develop into a friendship.

When you are friends with someone you generally have a good idea of what you need to do to communicate well. Most of us are aware of the fact that sometimes it is best to just listen to your friend and other times your friend will come to you for advice. But many times communication, even with friends, will hit a difficulty or we forget to employ our good communication skills. Here are some keys to having great communication in friendships:

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How to make up with a friend

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Even if you have been friends for long period of time there is going to come a time where you and your friend get into some kind of fight. Many times when we get into a fight with our friends after a few days we cannot even remember what the fight was about. Even if we remember what the fight was about the most important thing to us is that we make up with our friends because our friendship is more important to us than a silly fight.

When you are getting ready to make up with your friends it can sometimes be hard because of the various obstacles that are placed in your way. One of the biggest obstacles that you can face is your friends not being ready to make up with you. Regardless of if you or your friend are ready to end the fight, chances are that you want to start talking to your friend again because you miss your friendship.

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Habits that are hurting your friendships

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We all have bad habits. However, some bad habits are more hurtful than others, especially when it comes to friendship.

These are a few bad habits you may have that are sure to hurt your friendships:

You gossip.

Gossip is, simply put, talk about a person or people behind their backs. Most of the time, gossip is not even fact, but rather speculation about a person's private life or situations in their life.
Gossip can hurt your friendship by:

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Best ways to be a great friend

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Friends are important for many reasons-they offer support through good times and bad and can be there to help you enjoy life. But in order to have good friends, you need to be a friend.

The following are some of the best ways to be a great friend to your friends:

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Staying friends with difficult personalities

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We all have our own personalities. How do we make our personalities work with others? How do we stay friends with the one friend who is always so difficult to deal with? We all have gone through friendships, some last a lifetime others last a season. Some we love and want to keep forever, others fade away and into the next. But how do you stay friends with that person who is always so hard on us? Maybe it is because when they are hard on us, it makes us be stronger in return. Have patience and love for your friends and they will show the same respect to you in return. Try some of the ways listed below to stay friends with those difficult people in our lives.

Understand who they are. Find out about this person's background and history. This will help you to find out who they are and why they are the way they are. Try not to get to personal with them, but enough to help you figure out who they are. Be careful not to open a subject that may cause conflict. If they do not open to talk to you right away, start by talking about yourself and slowly get them to open up. It may take a couple hours, days or months. Once you understand who they are, you will be able to recognize why the do the things they do and say. Remember that understanding a person can be very difficult to figure out, you must understand yourself first.

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How to start a friendship when you recently move

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Moving is a very challenging thing to do, with not only packing and unpacking, but saying goodbye to friends that you have made and saying hello to new ones that you have yet to meet. One in six Americans move every year. That is over 42 million that move; 7 of that million move to another part of the same state or county that they have lived in. Here are some ideas on how you can start new friendships when you move to a new city.

Say `Hello' and introduce yourself to your new neighbors.
Even if you are anti-social, put yourself out there and break out of your bubble. Ask questions about the neighborhood and about your neighbors. Let them know where you moved from and things about yourself. After you have introduced yourself, have a barbecue or dinner and invite your neighbors into your home. Having a friendly and open relationship with your neighbors will help you not only make friends with them, but will also help you build a relationship with them for when you may need help with something or need to borrow a cup of sugar. It will also give your neighbor confidence that they can turn to you in return.

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Building trust in your friendships

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Building trust in your friendships that surround you can be a very challenging event. Finding a friend whom you can trust is a valuable source of your personal feelings. One in three people will confide in a friend about mistakes, personal feelings or goals. That is only 22% of the population that will share their true feelings with another.

Below are some suggestions and examples on how you can improve your friendships with others and how you can also become a better friend.

To begin, find someone that you share common goals and interests. Take your time when getting to know someone new; there is always more to a person that what meets the eye. Can you share your deepest feelings and emotions with this person? Can you also talk to them about your moods, what makes you happy and what your concerns are? Start by using your common subject and growing with it. Once you talk about that feeling, elaborate on how you feel about other things that are important to you or how you feel about another subject. Watch for your friend's reaction. If it is one that you trust you know you have found someone to confide in.

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Friendship and competition

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Competition is a good thing. Competition drives everything from evolution to innovation. Without competition, no one would be driven to do anything. We need completion to survive. So what happens when friendship and competition meet? In short, the answer depends on a number of different things. If friends are competing for the same position on the football or cheer leading team or if two friends both want to be promoted to team leader, there could be problems.

In a world with limited resources, competition almost always wins over friendship. We are a population of fighters. Even if there are no obvious prizes to win or titles to gain, we are working towards achieving what we feel is most important to our prosperity.

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Competition between friends and siblings healthy or not?

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Competition is a natural part of life. We compete in school, we compete in the workplace, and we even compete with our friends and family. Competition is a great motivator. Without competition, we would have no reason to work hard. Without someone else to compare ourselves to in competition, we have no way of gauging our progress. We are constantly looking to others to decide how we are doing and what we should do next. Many times we can become engages in competitive behaviors without even realizing it. Many times, it is when we are unaware of our competitive behavior that it begins to get the best of us. We may allow our emotions to drive our actions and that means causing harm or insult to our friends and siblings. So is competition a good thing or a bad thing? There are certainly those who would argue one of both ways. In many cases, it is up to the individual and their specific circumstances to decide whether or not engaging in competition with a friend or sibling is a healthy thing.

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Surprise Party Basics

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It's your friend's birthday and you want to throw her a surprise party. Party planning, especially surprise parties, takes preparation and effort to pull off something fun and exciting for all invited. A surprise party helps a friend to feel special and accepted, but if it isn't done right it can blow up in your face leaving your friend feeling unloved and a failure. Don't let your friend's surprise party flop by following these surprise party planning basics.

Step One: Pick the Date and Location

The date and location of your party should be set in stone before anything else so preparations can be much more easily accomplished.

Step Two: Occupy the Guest of Honor

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Crisis Mode

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As the saying goes, a friend in need is a friend indeed. When you go through a crisis in your life, sometimes it is your friends that pull you through it. When the coin is flipped though do you know what to do? Your friend could loose a child, go through a divorce, come down with a debilitating or life-threatening illness, have money problems, or whatever the crisis may be. Do you know how to help a friend in a crisis? The help you can give is really determined by what the crisis is, but there are some general guidelines that can help you along. Be a true friend. When your friend needs you, be there for them.

Be There

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What to do if you have friends that are bad influences

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There will come a time when you will lose friends due to moving or other circumstances. When a friend starts to become a bad influence, you may need to part ways. Your friends say a lot about the person that you are. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals is the best thing you can do for your own image and for yourself. Picking the right group of friends is essential to your self-esteem and to your overall outlook on life. Friends that become bad influences are not there to support and uplift you. Instead they are there to tear you down and build themselves up by doing so.

To figure out if your friends are bad influences, step back and observe their behaviors. How do they treat others? Are they positive and uplifting to be around or do they constantly tear others down? Do you have friends that are emotionally draining? These individuals tend to go on and on about their problems in life and they never once ask how you are doing or what they can do to make your life better.

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Learning to become a great friend

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We all want to become a great friend because it will help to attract like-minded people that will help to enrich our lives. Studies have actually found that individuals with strong friendships actually like longer, healthier lives. A friend is the person you call when you are excited. They are the person you call when you are sad. Overall, a friend is a person that can understand all of the different emotions we go through and love us for our ups and downs. Here are some tips to help you learn how to become a better friend:

  • Become a better listener. A good friend is able to listen to listen to your concerns. They will give you advice if you ask for it. They are not going to judge you for what you say or what you are feeling. To become a better listener, give your friends eye contact when they are talking. Show them that you care by giving them your physical attention as well as emotional attention. Doing simple things like nodding your head or facial gestures will show your friends that you care about them and you are listening to what they have to say. Be sure to repeat a couple things that they say and always follow up in a couple weeks after you have spoken to see how they are doing.

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Dealing with cliques

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Cliques are a natural part of life. They can be extremely frustrating when you are the person that doesn't fit into the clique. This usually happens in elementary school when like-minded kids build relationships with one another. Over the years, the cliques can change a little, but they are still on the school playground when you take your kids to their first day of school. Dealing with cliques can be difficult if you just can't seem to fit into the clique.

Quite often you will know if you are dealing with cliques if you are in social situations and you find that you are sitting alone while a group of people are chatting away and having a good time without asking you if you want to join. Instead of resenting the other people that are chatting away, recognize all the benefits you have of not dealing with the clique.

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Being friends when somebody has broken your trust

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How do you remain friends with someone who has broken your trust? Most people's typical reaction is to let that person go. Why bother with someone who you can't trust. Some believe that once trust is broken, it is likely to happen again and again because most individuals don't change their behaviors. Others believe that there is a great difference in the ability to trust again based on the type of relationship that exists. If it is a friendship that is violated that might be a little easier to move past, however, if it is trust violated between the bonds found in a loving relationship - i.e. boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife, it is far harder to dismiss and may never be repairable.

There is validity in all of the above reactions. Trust is not something easily restored. It is a commodity that in today's society is rare and precious. When we find ourselves in relationships of trust it provides us with stability and strength. It provides us with a sense of belonging and self-worth. When it is violated or flat obliterated by the actions of others - it is debilitating. Not only can it create a complete collapse of one's self worth, but it can create a whole existence of skepticism and doubt. Happiness is rarely found in such places.

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Ways to find your college friends

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In college you meet new people, and often they are from all over the country, sometimes world. It is not like high school where everyone lives in close proximity to where your family lives. This means that after college if you don't keep in contact you can lose touch with your friends, and often won't know where to even begin looking for them again. The following is a list of options for finding college friends so you can reconnect.

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Using the internet to reconnect with old friends

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The internet is a great way to reconnect with old friends, from high school, college, a place you used to live, etc. There are many ways to reconnect, but the internet is a great facilitator to make it cheap and easy.

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Some tools to help you reconnect with friends

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It is fun to use the internet and other resources to find and reconnect with old friends. Whether you have moved away or just moved on, it can be fun to get on the memory bus and spend some time conversing and sharing life with old acquaintances, relationships, and friends. The following is a look at some of the better resources out there for reconnecting with old friends. There are so many options, so let's look at the pros and cons of a few:

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Making friends through sports

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Making new friends is not always easy. It can be difficult to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. However, one great way to make new friends without any of the discomfort is to join a sports team. Team sports is a great way to get to know new people and not have any of the awkward introductions, etc. When you play a sport with someone, you have a camaraderie right off the bat. In addition you have the chance to get to know them without any of the pressure of other methods of finding friends. So, how do you find a sports team to join so you can make friends?

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How to make strong friendships stronger

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Even when you have a friendship that is going strong, you could make it stronger. Strengthening existing relationships, friendships, etc. is never a bad idea. When you neglect friendships they start to go down hill. If you can, think of your friendships as if they are on a downward escalator, even if you do not walk down, if you are not walking up, you will move downward. The following are some things you can do to walk up the downward moving escalator:

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Getting over a friend shunning you

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At one point or another, you have probably felt that your friends have shunned you, which probably lead to a massive fight with your friend and plenty of hurt feelings from both sides. The thing that you need to think about when it comes to your friends shunning you is that most of the get out of control, which causes a huge time that, was not your friend's intention. The fight usually happens because the hurt feelings are not talked about, so nobody knows that something was wrong. This can cause an innocent situation to get out of control. The best thing that you can do to get over your hurt feelings from when a friend has shunned you is to talk to your friend about what happened and why it happened.

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Friend reunions

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During the different stages of your life you are going to make different friends. You will have a group in high school, and likely have a very different group of friends in college. You may have a group of friends from your church, or from your sports team, and a different group in your neighborhood. The fact is, friends, while often forever, come and go. So, one great thing you can do is have a friend reunion. Sometimes a group of friends is close knit, but the world, responsibilities, etc. take them different places. Before they know it they are all in different states, with different jobs, and in different stages of life. Some are married, some have kids, some are still living the single life. So, how do you get all of these people that are currently in different walks of life to get together and still connect? Try the following:

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Finding friends in unexpected places

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Friendships are a critical part of living a happy life, but sometimes finding friends is not very easy. The following is a look at how you can find friends in unexpected places:

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Communication problems in friendship

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Friendships have ups and downs, one of the downs is when you have a communication problem. Communication problems are common among friends. They often lead to big blow ups, or fallouts with your friends.

The following are some of the tips for how to deal with communication problems in friendship.

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The meaning of friendship

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Defining any relationship with words is difficult, but putting a specific grouping around the meaning of friendship can travel so many different directions that we almost need to classify different types of friendships too.

A good friend is the person that you can trust when you need someone to talk to. Some the best marriages are formed from great friendships. Think about why you are attracted to your friends. What common interests do you share? What can you do to be a better friend to them? How can you work through problems you may face in your friendship?

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Nurturing your friendships

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Most of us have had many friendships over the course of our lives. Some have come and gone; others have challenged the test of time and remain intact and strong. As you think about those friends that supported a specific time in your life, but now have moved on, do you wonder if you did everything to nurture and protect that friendship before it was lost?

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Dating friends

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If you want to have a great relationship you have to be friends with the person you are in the relationship with. Every great relationship is based on a great friendship. It's this fact that lends to the idea that dating friends could be smart. The fact is that there are pros and cons to dating friends.

Pros:

You already know you have the same interests. People who enjoy friendships typically like doing the same things, otherwise they would never hang out. In relationships this is not always the case, as sometimes they are based purely on physical attraction. So, if you date a friend you know that you have a foundation for your relationship in common interests. This will make the nights where you do not have set plans far more interesting and fun for the both of you. You also know what kinds of things to NOT do on dates. For example, if you both love movies, and are not that outdoorsy, you can skip the awkward, "Let's hike a mountain and have a picnic." Stuff and instead just do dinner and a movie.

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How to be a good friend

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Human beings are social creatures; we want to build relationships with others. As young children, even as infants, we crave the attention of others. We want to build friendships with people because it makes us happy. It gives us a sense of purpose and it rejuvenates us. A good friend isn't easy to come by; making new friendships is difficult at best. Our daily lives interfere with the time needed to cultivate the trust and values of a strong personal connection to someone we don't live with. Because of this, many of us leave relationships at the "acquaintance" status and lose out on what could be a wealth of love and commitment in a friendship.

Friends make life fun and interesting and by some studies can even add years to your life because friendships increase your ability to cope with stress, boost your immune system and provide a support system for you when problems arise.

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How to attract friends

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All relationships take time and friendships are no different. Just as young children must go through a growing process when they begin friendships, so must adults, just on a much quicker, and more efficient path. As adults, we realize that making new friendships is difficult at best. Our daily lives interfere with the time needed to cultivate the trust and values of a strong personal connection to someone we don't live with. Because of this, many of us leave relationships at the "acquaintance" status and lose out on what could be a wealth of love and commitment in a friendship.

In order to attract new friends, we must have the desire to connect with another individual and nurture that need with a few rules:

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Building close friendships

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Everyone brings special and unique qualities to friendships. That's what draws other people to you and allows relationships to become richer and wiser. Building a relationship with a friend requires taking risks by trusting and expecting trust in return from that individual. In order to promote a healthy relationship there must be equality and loyalty between friends and a strong desire to work through any challenges that come up.

Challenges for friendships can include distance, marriage, children and work, but as long as the relationship isn't neglected, there are ways to reduce the effects of changing life factors. Many conflicts in personal relationships can be avoided by taking time to acknowledge and listen to another person's point of view. Learning to be flexible to the ever shifting needs and quirks of a friendship will ensure resiliency and strength in the relationship.

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What to do when friends put you down

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Everyone needs good friends. Your friends are who you turn to when you want to have a good time, when you need someone to talk to, or when you need to be cheered up. Good friends can make you feel better about yourself and bring you up when you're down.

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Keeping your friendships strong when you move away to separate colleges

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College is a great time for many young adults. For the first time they may be out on their own or at least away from home and perhaps away from old friends. Many young adults go to a different college than some of their best friends and that can be hard for anyone. Here are some ideas for keeping your friendship strong when you move away to separate colleges.

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How to maintain your friendships

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Virtually everyone has a few friends who they have lost contact with over the years. When it comes to dealing with your own life and family, it can be easy to neglect your existing friendships, which can eventually lead to you slowly growing apart.

Friends are important for many reasons, so it's important to maintain your friendships. The following are some basic relationship advice tips for maintaining and improving friendships.

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Friendships gone awry

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Many friendships every do go awry. At least one of your past friendships has most likely gone awry at some point in your life.

Friendships can go awry for any number of reasons. Sometimes you may lay awake at night wondering why the friendship went wrong and what you could have done differently. Blame can be put on both sides of the friendship for fault but looking for faults will do no good. You will still feel empty and lost especially if you were the one who is suddenly dumped.

When a friendship goes awry one of the main causes can usually be assigned that one or both friends feel ignored, like their feelings didn't matter or one or the other friend feels disrespected. This can happen in any friendship no matter how open and honest you have been with each other. Open communication is always a good idea in any relationship but sometimes pride can get in the way and the friendship goes awry.

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Friendship communications roadblocks

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Communication roadblocks can happen to anyone in any type of relationship. The many different communication roadblocks can be found in many different relationships including friendship. Communication roadblocks can ruin any relationship that you have if the line of communication is not worked on by all people in the relationship.

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Reconnecting with High School Budies

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High School might have been a good time or a terrible time, but either way the friends we make there are extremely important. High School is a time when we define who we are and we do so partly by forming certain relationships. After high school many friendships break up quickly and for various reasons; often people move away to go to different colleges or universities. Some people start their careers and don't have much time to spend with friends. It requires real energy and dedication to stay close to the friends you made in high school. Years later many people look back with regret and wish that they had put a little effort into keeping in touch. Today with Facebook and My Space social networking sites it is easier than ever to keep in touch with high school friends. However, if you find that you have not had any contact with good high school friends you should think about reconnecting. It could be quite awkward at first to meet up with someone that you have not seen for years, but the experience is well worth the effort. However, there are a few things you should know about these kinds of social occasions.

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How to mend hurt feelings with friends

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Friendships are a complicated and difficult business. It is nearly impossible to live without friends, but often people don't know how they live with them. Friendships are generally more worthwhile than they are destructive, but this doesn't mean that even the most healthy friendships are free from strife and disagreement. Many friends spend a good portion of their time fighting with each other. However, there is a big difference between a brief fight and a feud that could drive friends apart. Sometimes what starts as a small issue quickly builds into something more severe. Friends stop speaking to each other and can spend years feeling hatred toward each other. If you find yourself in one of these situations consider the tips listed bellow for mending hurt feelings with friends.

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How to Make Friends After Moving

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Moving can be a real challenge for a number of reasons, the least of which is the trouble of packing everything up in boxes. There is the issue of the expense of moving as well as the difficulty of moving all of your things to another place. Naturally there is also the problem of having to break your back lifting boxes and furniture. Most people also feel bewildered about being in a new place with new people. It can be difficult to find the grocery store or to visit local sites of interest. However, another problem can be trying to make new friends. Most of us cannot imagine leaving the friends we currently have and forming new friendships in a foreign place. We might think that forming new frienships is like killing the ones we have had in the past; many people feel a sense of guilt when they start to make friends in a new place.

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How to keep friendships strong

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Friendship is one of the things that make life worth living. If you think about the best times of your life you probably remember something involving good friends. It has been recognized by philosophers for thousands of years that friendship is one of the great foundations of a good life. Friends are more than just a luxury; friendship is a necessity for human life. Those with few friends or no friends at tend to struggle terribly in life. They lack the emotional and social support that we all need to get through this experience. However, friendships can also be the source of real contention and difficulty. Most people feel at times that they wish they did not have any friends, or that they had different friends. This is a natural part of friendship, although it is important to work toward strong relationships. There are some techniques that you can follow to keep your friendships strong and to ensure that they last for years to come.

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Fighting in Friendships

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A good friendship is a difficult thing to find and something that should not be lost. Friends provide us with the necessary social and emotional support that we need in a difficult world. Life without friends is virually impossible or at least extremely difficult. Given just how much friendships mean to people it is amazing to realize that we fight frequently with our friends. Although fighting is a natural part of almost any long term relationship there are times when fighting gets to be too much and friendships are in trouble. Most fights are not to be taken too seriously but sometimes one arises that requires some attention. When fighting starts to be a major part of your friendship what can you do?

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Ways to make up with friends

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Arguments between two friends happen everyday; the way you deal with it becomes more important as you try to salvage whatever friendship is left. You probably both said some ugly words, and now nobody's saying anything. Sound familiar? So how do you figure out a way to make up with friends before it's too late? Nobody wants to make the problem worse, and nobody likes to be the first to admit they were wrong. So here are some helpful tips on ways to make up with friends.

Be Assertive. If you have been sitting in your house for three days contemplating whether or not you should be the one to make the first move, stop thinking. I know everyone hates to make the "first" call, but someone has to do it and by making that call you are in essence telling your friend that she or he is worth the call. Just because you are making the first call does not mean you have to come out and take all the blame for the argument. This is just the first step towards getting the friendship back on track. If you find yourself thinking "why should I make the first move?" then try and think of some reasons as to why your friend acted the way she did. Did you say something offensive? Did she misunderstand what you were saying? Remember there are always two sides to every story. Try and put yourself in her shoes for a minute. Think about what's going on in her life rather than just your own. This might make it easier to make the first phone call.

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How to meet new people and form friendships

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Let's look at some ideas for meeting new people and forming new friendships.


What's a life without friendship, variety, change? We all want friends, and we all want a variety of friends. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that we all want dozens upon dozens of friends; but a few interesting friends would be nice. We start here because it's the most natural place to start; this idea of being realistic when it comes to our expectations of friendship and making friends.

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How to improve existing friendships

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Virtually everyone has a few friends who they have lost contact with over the years. When it comes to dealing with your own life and family, it can be easy to neglect your existing friendships, which can eventually lead to you slowly growing apart.

Friends are important for many reasons, so it's important to maintain your friendships. The following are some tips for how to improve your existing friendships.

Identify your close friends.
If you want to improve your existing friendships, first determine which ones you want to improve. Your relationships with your friends should take a lot of time and energy, so make sure you are improving relationships with true friends, not just those casual acquaintances. Choose which relationships you want to improve, and then work to strengthen your bond with them. Remember, it's better to have a few close friends than a list of acquaintances.

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How to become better friends with your neighbors

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Introduction

Sometimes it is difficult to find ways to get along with your neighbors. In many cases neighbors are like friends that you do not get to choose. You just have to make your neighborly relationships work if you are going to feel comfortable and happy living where you are. It is best to move into a neighborhood and have the first things you think about be the development of a good friendship with your neighbors.

Instructions

Of course you want to become better friends with your neighbors but many people do not know where to start. Since we all have different social skills and abilities you may have to adapt the following suggestions to meet a set of actions that you feel comfortable with and of course these suggestions are by no means the only things that you can do to become better friends with your neighbors. Hopefully these tips provide you with the information that you need to get started.

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

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Did you use Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays when greeting friends this year?

Well, according to a study reported today, 65% of you used Merry Christmas.

Gift Baskets Deluxe and Corporate Gift Baskets today reported the results of their 5th annual study.

And what was most interesting is that the 65% using Merry Christmas is exactly the opposite from 2007, when only 40% used Merry Christmas, the rest using Happy Holidays.

Why the difference?

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Working through the kinks in friendship, tips and tricks

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It's inevitable that many friendships will end up going through some rough patches. Kinks in a friendship seem to happen more the longer the friendship lasts. Friendships that span years can perhaps have the most kinks because of the changes your own life takes.

The best tip or trick for working through the kinks in a friendship is to communicate. Don't just walk off and throw away the friendship. Try to talk through what is bothering either one of you. Keep things open and honest. If this is a long lasting friendship you need to keep the lines of communication open. Try everything you can to keep the friendship by working through some of the kinks.

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Tips for relating to your friend's spouse

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You may have been friends for years before your friend gets married or maybe the friendship is new and you are having a little get together to meet the spouses. It really doesn't matter how your spouse's friend came into your life, you will still need to relate to the spouse in same way or another too make the friendship easier.

Tips for relating to your friend's spouse is really not that much different from making friends altogether. You will need engage them in conversations and see what things may interest your friend's spouse. However, you may feel that you already know the spouse through the previous conversations you have had with your friend. When you already have an idea of who the friend's spouse is it can make it easier for you to relate to them.

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Reconnecting with old friends

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Reconnecting with old friends can be a very scary thing to do. Even if you have planned to get in touch with some of your old friends it can be somewhat daunting to do. Or if you have accidentally reconnected with an old friend and want to stay in touch again you may not know how to start.

If you are the one looking to reconnect with your old friends you will have to do some searching. Start with the last known address or phone number you have for the old friend. If you have not found them try an internet search for them or their parents. The parents can pass along your information to the old friend. Once you have reconnected there are many other things you can do to keep the new friendship with old friends.

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How to make amends after a friend fight

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Within any type of relationship, whether it is parent and child, boyfriend and girlfriend, or friend to friend, there are bound to be disagreements at some point. This is the result of different personalities and beliefs that may clash and escalate into an argument or fight.

However, a fight with a friend doesn't have to be the end of your friendship. In fact, if you handle it properly, you can come out of a friend fight with an even stronger relationship and better friendship and understanding than before.

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How to make amends after a friend fight

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Within any type of relationship, whether it is parent and child, boyfriend and girlfriend, or friend to friend, there are bound to be disagreements at some point. This is the result of different personalities and beliefs that may clash and escalate into an argument or fight.

However, a fight with a friend doesn't have to be the end of your friendship. In fact, if you handle it properly, you can come out of a friend fight with an even stronger relationship and better friendship and understanding than before.

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How gossip hurts friendships

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Gossip is, simply put, talk about a person or people behind their backs. Most of the time, gossip is not even fact, but rather speculation about a person's private life or situations in their life.

Gossip isn't just reserved for teenage girls, however. Gossip can be found in the workplace, at home, at church-everywhere. However, when you get involved in gossiping about your friends, chances are good that it will hurt your friendship.

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Is working with your friends a good idea?

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If you have a good relationship that has been through a lot, it is probably a good idea. You have had to deal with fights and jealousy and everything, so you know what you are getting into and how to overcome it. People who don't have such a great relationship together might want to stay away from working together.

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Long distance friendship tips

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Having a long distance relationship is hard no matter what. You can try and try to talk but it doesn't always work out. Here are some tips for long distance friendships.

Call each other often. It doesn't have to be every day, but call each other once in a while. You will be able to hear each other's voices and be able to talk. You don't have to call about anything important, just talk about things you did when you were living close to each other.

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Getting to know your neighbors

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Getting to know your neighbors is not as hard as it may seem. If you have recently moved to a new area or if you have new neighbors now is the best time to get to know them and create a neighborly friendship.
Let's take a look at some tips for getting to know your neighbors when you are the new neighbor on the block.

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Common ground, a great foundation for friendships

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Think of your friends and how you happened to become friends in the first place-chances are you became friends because you had something in common, whether it was a class together, parents who were friends, or a common interest that brought you together.

If you would like to increase your circle of friends, or if you are new to an area and would like to make new friends, one of the best and easiest ways to do so is to find common ground and start from there. Common ground is a great foundation for friendships for a number of reasons:

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Tips for handling friends with strong personalities

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Friends who have strong personalities can be hard to deal with. Especially if you have a strong personality too. You don't want to be in a heated discussion or lose a friend because you got into an argument that you could've avoided. Here are some tips for handling friends with strong personalities.

If your friend has a strong personality and you are having a hard time dealing with it, let them know. Let them know that you really get hurt when they criticize you about something. Let them know that you appreciate that they are trying to help you, but that it really hurts you when they do it all the time. Be respectful and don't get angry or blow up. That will just make things much worse. Tell them in a nice tone.

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Tips for catching up with old friends

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Keep in touch with long lost friends can be extremely difficult unless you keep really good tabs on one another through all the moves. Fortunately there are several different ways to keep in touch with old friends these days. Here are some tips for catching up with old friends and using the internet to do so.

Use the internet
Using the internet is probably the best way to keep in touch with old and long lost friends. Technology has become an increasingly popular way to find long lost friends and keep in touch with the ones you already have. You may already be aware of some of the things the internet has to offer but just incase, here are some ideas on how to keep in touch via your computer and the internet:

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Qualities of a good friend, what are they

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When you come across someone that things really click with and you just seem to get along, you know that you've come across one of those people that will be a good friend for a long time. Good friends are there through thick and thin, and can be counted on to always be there when you need them; whether in person or over the phone. So let's take about qualities of a good friend, what are they? If you don't have great judgment then look for these qualities in the individuals you associate with to find someone is truly a good friend.

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How to tell a friend their spouse is cheating and still remain friends

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There are probably not many things that are worse than finding and having actual proof that your friends spouse is cheating on them. Marriage is hard enough right, so if you happen to be the only person who knows that this is going on then how do you tell your friend their spouse is cheating and still remain friends?

This is a sticky subject because after all this is someone's marriage and their spouse. Before you think of ways to tell them you have to first ask yourself if you're even good enough friends that they'll believe you or will it just ruin your friendship. And the second thing you want to think about is that you are absolutely one hundred percent sure that the spouse is cheating; if it's just a rumor or you have no actual proof then it might be better not to say anything yet because your friend is more likely to side with their spouse even if it is true. If this is a good friend and you are sure that the spouse is cheating then here are some ideas on how to tell your friend their spouse is cheating and still remain friends.

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How to stay friends with the opposite gender after you are married

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This can be a somewhat touchy subject to people as usually most are either on the "pro" side of being friends with the opposite gender after marriage, or they're on the "con" side. There is no in between for most, so is it actually possible to stay friends with the opposite gender after you are married, or is it a myth? Will all those friends you have through high school or college just be forgotten after you say your wedding vows. If you're looking for some possible way to still have a relationship with others of the opposite sex after you are married then here are some qualities you must possess and must be present in your marriage in order to do so.

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How much time should you spend with your friends versus your family

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There nothing worse than planning a great night out with your friends when your mom reminds you that there's a family get together or party that has been planned for weeks that you're supposed to be at. This is probably one of the biggest tensions builders between teens and parents today. The battle over wanting to spend time with their friends' more than spending time with their family. And the funny things is that it really is a never ending battle. The older you get the more you feel like you have to go to those family things that might not be so fun, but everyone expects you to be there. So how much time should you spend with your friends versus your family? There may not be a perfect answer out there, but here are some tips on helping to find a good balance between them both.

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How much time should you spend with your friends versus your family

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There nothing worse than planning a great night out with your friends when your mom reminds you that there's a family get together or party that has been planned for weeks that you're supposed to be at. This is probably one of the biggest tensions builders between teens and parents today. The battle over wanting to spend time with their friends' more than spending time with their family. And the funny things is that it really is a never ending battle. The older you get the more you feel like you have to go to those family things that might not be so fun, but everyone expects you to be there. So how much time should you spend with your friends versus your family? There may not be a perfect answer out there, but here are some tips on helping to find a good balance between them both.

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Tips for Making Your Friendships Last Longer

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You find a great friend and so you want to make your friendship last longer. Everyone wants lasting friendships. There are some tips you can use for making your friendships last longer. Here are five great tips for making your friendships last longer.

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Making sacrifices for your friends

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Having a stable and rewarding friendship will most likely require some sacrifices. Making sacrifices for your friends doesn't have to mean sacrificing your total self. Making sacrifices for your friends will also give you the satisfaction of having helped out when needed. When you are making sacrifices for your friends, you are improving your friendship and yourself as a person in humanity.

By making sacrifices for your friends, it doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice your total self. Making sacrifices for your friends will mean that there will be times that you will need to put your friends needs in font of yours. This can most assuredly strengthen your friendship.

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How to not sacrifice yourself for friendship

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Friendship is a great thing to have. Some friendships are not the easiest to have because you may feel you have to sacrifice yourself for the friendship. How to not sacrifice yourself for friendship will entail you to be strong and know your own worth as a person. Many friends will take advantage of your friendship causing you to sacrifice yourself.

To not sacrifice yourself for a friendship doesn't mean you need to not be a good friend. A good friend will actually make a friendship be a give and take relationship. There is no need for one friend to sacrifice themselves and the other friend to do all the taking.

One way for you to not sacrifice yourself for friendship is to learn to say no. Some friends will continually ask you for favors, help and all sorts of things. Having your friends asking doesn't mean that you have to say yes. There are times that you can say no and your friendship can still be intact. How to not sacrifice yourself for friendship is to know that you can say no and your friend can ask someone else for the favor.

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How business friendships can become lasting friendships

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Most people have to work and working in a business where you have no friends is not a fun place to work. So you want to make friends. When you make business friendships sometimes there is a connection and you want to know how to make the business friendship become a lasting friendship. This can sometimes become tricky especially if you make friends with someone that is higher up the business ladder than you are.

But there are ways how business friendships can become lasting friendships. The first thing to do is make sure your friend feels the same way. There are some people in the business world that want business friends at the business only, They do not want anything to do with their business friendships after they go home.

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How to make good friendships great

friends30742868.jpg Virtually everyone has a few friends who they have lost contact with over the years. When it comes to dealing with your own life and family, it can be easy to neglect your existing friendships, which can eventually lead to you slowly growing apart.

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What to do if you feel a friendship is one sided (you always invite, call, etc.)

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Friendship can be one of the strongest relationships in a person's life. Friendship has many different levels and those levels can vary depending on the way a person views a friendship. Some people may treasure friendship and work very hard to keep their friendships healthy, while other people may view friendship as a casual relationship that does not hold much meaning. When people with different views of friendship try to be friends with each other, one person could feel like the friendship is one sided. Here is what to if a friendship feels one sided.

Evaluate the Friendship

If a friendship feels one sided, the first thing a person should do is evaluate the friendship. They should consider what could be keeping the other person in the friendship from being involved. Is the other person working, have a family, have other groups of friends, etc? This evaluation could reveal why a relationship feels one sided.

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Tips for helping your friends get along with each other

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Most people make friends in many different places. Friends come from work, school, church, and can even be from the neighborhood a person grew up in. Before someone realizes it, they may have a very diverse group of friends. This is actually very healthy, but can also be the source of problems when it comes time to get together with these friends. Problems can arise when a person tries to include several of their friends in a party or even just during a small get-together. This can cause a lot of stress on the host or hostess who is just trying to have a nice time. Here are a few tips to help with this nerve-racking scenario.

Find activities that everyone likes

When a person decides to get a group of friends together for a party or a get-together it can be very helpful to find an activity that most of the members of the group like to do. This will help to keep everyone involved, happy, and focused on the activity instead of the fact that they don't know each other very well, or that they feel uncomfortable around the other people for any reason. As a person gets to know their friends, they can make mental notes about what activities each person likes to do. Then when it comes time to plan a party or get-together, the person can invite the other people from their circle of friends that would enjoy participating in this activity.

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Seeing past your differences to what you have in common

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When two individuals begin to interact in a relationship they will usually find that they have many things in common. However, as the relationship grows over time, people may discover that there are many things that they do not have in common. Even though they still have other things in common, for some reason people begin to focus on their differences until they forget why they became friends, started dating, or got married in the first place. Here are a few tips for seeing past differences to what people have in common.

Make a List

People who want to make their friendships or relationships work should sit down with all of the parties involved and make a list of everything they have in common. They should list activities, music, art, colors, vacation spots, etc. until they have a solid list of things that they share in common. Then, when they are together they should take time to do those things. This will ensure that everyone is having a good time. It will also start to bring the focus off of the differences that caused conflict and place it on the things that will bring people closer.

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Learning from past relationship mistakes to make future friendships stronger

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When friendships are young and growing, people expect that they will last forever. For some friendships, this is true. However, for other friendships misunderstandings, mistakes, and sometimes distance can cause friendships to be irreparable. People should not chalk themselves up as eternal loners. Lost friendships can be an opportunity for growth and improvement to make new relationships even stronger and more rewarding. Here are a few guidelines for learning from past relationship mistakes to make future friendships stronger.

Analyze the Relationship

The best way to learn from past relationships is to analyze them. This can be a difficult task, especially if feelings are still hurt. People should make sure they have set any negative feelings aside in order to be able to honestly look at what went wrong. Granted, it is possible that the other person or persons involved in the failed relationship are partly to blame, however it is likely that both parties shared a part in the relationship failure. Sometimes a good friend can be helpful in identifying ways a person has contributed to the failure of a relationship.

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How to help a friend through cancer

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One of the most devastating diagnoses for anyone to receive is the news of cancer. If you have a friend who has just received this terrible medical news you may be unsure of what you can do to help or even how to react. While great strides have been made against this medical menace there is still a great amount of fear and uncertainty for those who must deal with this disease. While there are several good websites that can help with your specific situation here are some basics about how to help a friend through cancer.

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How to tell a friend they need help (emotionally, socially, appearance wise, etc.)

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Friendship can create a very tight bond between two people or between groups of people. As a friendship grows over time, the events and experiences people share link them. Over time each member of a friendship will have the opportunity to be there for their friend. At some point, each member will also depend on their friends to come through for them. Sometimes these situations are obvious or seemingly superficial. Other times people may need to discern the needs of their friends and figure out how to help them.

Caring for Friends

The number one thing that friends can do for a friend that may be struggling is care about them. However, friends will need to find a way to show the struggling person that they truly care before they will be in a position to offer help. First, they must ensure that their motive for helping a friend is genuine and unselfish. If a struggling friend can sense that their happiness or health is not the most important thing to a friend that is trying to help, then the friend may be more likely to continue in what could be a dangerous pattern.

Once a person has their friend's best interest at heart, they will be in a better position to help. Friends may need help in many different ways. What if a friend is emotionally distraught, socially inept, or stylistically impaired? Here are a few tips for how to handle each situation.

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How to not get offended by a blunt friend

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Friends can be a person's best resource for honest advice about any number of personal issues. From appearance and annoying habits to buying a home or a serious health problem, friends can be great to have around for support. However, what can a person do if their friend is not tactful with their advice? Here are a few ideas on how to not get offended by a blunt friend.

Look at the Friend's Background

Sometimes the easiest way to not be offended by a blunt friend is look at their background. If a friend grew up in the country or working in an auto shop, they may not even know that they are being blunt about things. One way to get to know a friend is to go with the friend to visit their family. It will be obvious why a friend is blunt once a person has seen their friend interact with family. This can be helpful because instead of worrying that their friend is being disrespectful or mean by being blunt, a person can simply look at the advice given and be grateful to their friend.

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Platonic friendships, are they possible?

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Having friendships is a great way to go through life. Sometimes there is a want for a platonic friendship. This means no romance between the two friends; even through they are of the opposite gender. Many have wondered if platonic friendships are possible. Are they possible in this day and age? Everywhere we look in the world there is romance between man and woman. Movies will show how a man and a woman cannot live together and be only friends. They may start out platonic but end up romantic.

There are ways that a platonic friendship can work. Platonic can be intimate and affectionate, without being romantic. Really good friendship, the kind you have with your best friend are intimate in an "I know all the intimate details of your life" kind of way. Most of the time these friendships are with members of the same gender. But sometimes a person has a better connection with someone who is of the opposite gender. This is when platonic friendships are not only possible, but can be beneficial.

Having a platonic friendship is possible when a genuine friendship is started. The friendship can't be based on "I think he's cute." For platonic friendships to work the friends need to be just that, friends. Friends have common interests or hobbies. Friends may have the same exercise tactics, or possibly children the same age. Friend doesn't have to mean the same gender. Friends can be platonic and the opposite gender. A friend listens and helps out when you need it. Platonic or not, we all need friends.

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Planning Valentine things for people who are your friends

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Valentines is a wonderful holiday. It's fun to give and receive cute, pink and red gifts of affection. Most of the time we think of Valentine's Day as a holiday for sweethearts. But there are many times when you want to plan Valentine things for people who are your friends. This doesn't usually mean a sweetheart. There are so many different gifts and ideas that can be given to friends. Planning Valentine things for people who are your friends can be fun and not romantic.

One main point to think about when planning is the age of your friends. Try to get things that are fun and pleasant for the age of your friends. Most of the things made for a Valentine's Day will be okay for any age and gender. But just be sure and not give a house decoration to a friend that is 17 years old and doesn't have a house of his or her own. Also if you choose to give items like perfume, get the right gender for the different people that are your friends.

That being said when you are planning Valentine things for people who are your friends, make the Valentine light and not too serious. One thing to think about is if your friends have kids. Part of the Valentine can be for the kids. Just some simple stuffed animals or coloring books, or even some Valentine candy. If your friends have kids they will appreciate you remembering them. Something small like Valentine candy will make the kids happy for a while and the people that are your friends can have a moment to enjoy the Valentine thing you planned for them.

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Learning to overcome differences in friendship

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Making new friends is a great way to live life. Keeping old friends is just as great. Learning to overcome differences in friendships will keep friendships kinder and longer. But sometimes learning to overcome the differences that are present in friendships takes some effort. Is this effort something that you want to put forth. It is if you value the friendship.

Learning to overcome differences in friendships involves understanding the difference. There are many times that a friend will want to do something you do not like. And there will be times when a friend will act in ways you would never even consider. This does not mean that you cannot be friends. It just means that you are different people and have some differences.

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How to apologize when you have been rude or taken your frustration out on a friend

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I'm sorry are two little words that are hard for many to say. Sometimes to apologize when you have been rude or taken your frustration out on a friend takes more than- I'm sorry. There is a lot of credit to be given to saying I'm sorry. Never underestimate the power of "I'm sorry" when you need to apologize to a friend. Usually when you have taken out your frustration on a friend, talking with the friend will help ease any tension with the situation. When something more than talking is needed, there are ways to show you know you have been rude and that you want to apologize.

The first step to take when you have been rude or taken out your frustrations on a friend is to approach the friend with sincerity. This will show outwardly in your countenance. Usually a friend is good enough to be forgiving, especially after you explain your situation or feelings from the incident. Sometimes there may be lingering feelings, but do try to be patient with your friend. Remember you were the one who took out your frustrations on your friend and the chances are, your friend had no connection to your frustrations.

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Helping your best opposite gender friend through a break-up

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It doesn't matter who your friends are there is going to come a time when one or more of them will have a break-up. As a friend you will naturally want to help your friend, especially if your friend is the opposite gender. When helping your best opposite gender friend through a break-up, try to listen more and talk less. Doing this and helping out with little chores will help keep the friendship with your best opposite gender friend. Then do try to remember to give your friend some space, if needed. When the time is right help your friend get back to dating.

Listening to your best opposite gender friend when he or she has gone through a break-up is many times all that can be done. There is a lot to just listening to a friend vent. Break-ups are hard and there is most likely going to be crying involved. This means offer a shoulder and a box of tissues and just listen. Listen to the good the bad and the ugly that has happened to your best opposite gender friend.

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Getting along with siblings' friends

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Have you been getting along with your siblings' friends? Most people who will say it's hard to get along with at least one sibling's friends. But getting along with your siblings' friends will give you a better relationship with your siblings. It will also make life easier when the siblings' friends are over.

If you are trying to get along with your siblings' friends try these four suggestions.

  1. Give them some space.

  2. Try to be helpful with their activities.

  3. Get to know the friend.

  4. Don't take over.


Give your sibling and their friend some space. When siblings have friends over, especially for siblings still in the same house, don't try to get into what they are doing. Siblings have friends over because they need a change from everyday siblings. Maybe there is something they especially like to de with their friends that their siblings don't like to do. If you and your siblings are not in the same house the same rules applies. Give them some space and let your sibling know when you are coming over to be courteous.

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How to help your friend get through a divorce

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Being a friend to a friend going through a divorce can be crucial during this time in their life. You may not be sure of what you can do to help but there are some very practical things that a friend can do to help a friend through a divorce. Divorce will be one of the most difficult things a person can encounter and the help and support of friends can be invaluable at this time. Yet many times well meaning friends do not know what to do when their loved one needs help and instead of helping, they can actually make things worse. So here are some tips on how to help your friend get through a divorce:

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How to find time with friends when you are busy

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Let's face it: we are all really, really, really busy. None of us have any free time. We all have an impossible amount of stuff that we have to get done every single day. Maybe you have a spouse, kids, a full time job, you're a student, family with familial demands, your own hobbies and responsibilities, and more. To be involved in all of these things is not unusual-rather, it's pretty typical. And with all of these demands on our time and all of these different things that we need to get done, it is really easy to let other people-our friendships-be the first thing that we drop. It seems like they don't have to get done, unlike that major project for work. But you can learn how to balance your job and your other responsibilities in your life and your friends by learning how to juggle your tasks, balance your time, and making your friendships more of a priority. Just follow these easy tips to make your friendships more of a priority.
Tips for finding time with friends when you are busy

Begin by rethinking your life priorities. What is really most important to you? What do you care the most about? Is it really, honestly your job? Or is it your family or your friends? Your hobbies? Whatever it is, make an honest list of what is most important to you and what you care the most about.

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How to bridge gaps and mend broken friendships in families

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We all know that no family is perfect. Most families-if not all families-are far from it. It can be difficult to bridge gaps and to mend broken friendships within your family, especially since there are probably long-held and deep-seated hurts in your family. However, you can bridge those gaps in your family. While there are many gaps in families and many problems, one of the biggest issues is parents and children-no matter how old the children are-getting along. As an adult childer, or as a teenager, there are a number of things that you can do to mend the broken relationship that you may have with your parents.

No matter how old you are, it can be difficult and seemingly impossible to deal with conflict with a parent. No matter who you are and who your parent is, it is going to be basically impossible for you to avoid ever having a conflict with your parent at any time in your life. But by understanding why you are experiencing conflict, and learning how to respect the other person and to set boundaries and communicate effectively, you can positively and effectively deal with conflicts with a parent.

Some conflict is inherent in your relationship with your parent, particularly when you are a teen. However, it is also difficult to navigate relationships with your parents when you are an adult, as your roles in the parent-child relationship begin to shift and change and you have to renegotiate different responsibilities and the way that you relate to each other. But there are tools that you can use to manage constructively your conflicts with your parents, no matter how old you are.

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How to ask a friend for a favor

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One of the most difficult things to do in this life is to ask a friend for a favor. When you ask some one for a favor, you are admitting that you need help doing something and that you can't do it all for yourself. Admitting that you can't do everything may feel to you that you are admitting that you are weak. However, asking somebody for a favor does not mean that you are weak. Instead, it just means that you are human. We all need help from other people, and it's okay to admit that we do need help.

You may also feel awkward asking a friend for a favor if you don't have a really comfortable relationship with that friend. However, you can always repay the favor by doing a favor for that friend. The point is, just bite the bullet and ask for the favor in a kind way, realizing that you are asking someone to do something for you. Don't expect them to do the favor, don't act like you deserve it, but be kind.

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How to apologize to a not so close friend

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It's always hard to apologize to people, whether they are close friends, family members, or not so close friends. Sometimes it's harder to apologize to not so close friends, because you don't feel the same connection to them and it's not as important to you to keep their friendship. However, there are a number of ways that you can get along with people who are not close friends, and ways that you can apologize to them, even if you are justified and don't particularly get along with them.

1. Do not expect the other person to change
Probably the biggest mistake that people make in relationships, whether they are in a relationship with somebody they like or somebody they don't like, is that they expect the other person to change how they act, what they like, what they don't like-basically, who the other person is. But, to be honest, you aren't going to get people to change. And you shouldn't want to completely change who another person is. Also, if you don't get along with somebody, such as one of your co-workers, it is important to realize that that person most likely sees you as the problem, instead of himself or herself. The only person you can make demands of, and the only behavior that you can change and control, is your own behavior. So apologize to the not so close friend, but realize that they're probably not that close to you because your personalities don't mesh. Don't expect them to change their personality.

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Getting back in touch with past friends

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We all lose track of friends, no matter how close our friendships are. Losing track of friends is inevitable, but it's not impossible to get back in touch with past friends. One of the best ways to get back in touch with past friends is to use today's technology.

Some of the latest developments in technology-facebook and myspace--have become some of the best tools and developments for keeping friendships alive in today's world. While many people have talked about and bemoaned the tendency in today's society to no longer have friendships in the "real world" and friendships and communication only occurs online, online tools like facebook and myspace don't have to just take over your friendships and obliterate any one-on-one, face-to-face contact with your friends and family. Instead, you can use online networking sites, such as facebook and myspace, keep your friendships alive and going strong, especially friendships with friends and family who live far away from you.

One of the best aspects of facebook and myspace is the ability to search for people whom you haven't seen for years! You can search through email addresses, names, areas, and more. Those friends you knew in junior high and high school but lost touch with once you all moved away to different colleges probably have their own pages on myspace and/or facebook. In today's world, searching on facebook and/or myspace is about the only place where you can find those friends. Myspace and facebook are the only way to bring back to life friendships that have been lost because of time and changes in location. With myspace and/or facebook, you can start up conversations with your old friends, let them know what's going on with your life, arrange for reunions and trips, and share photos with them. They can learn about you, and you can learn about them! You can also look at their photos, and find more of your old friends through other people's friends.

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Being friends with the opposite sex when you are married

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One of the main questions for many individuals when they get married is whether or not they can still maintain their friendships with members of the opposite sex. Some people have already addressed this issue with their partner if they have been in a long term relationship before getting married, but something about marriage makes things even more official and thus makes the problem even more difficult and central. Now that you have officially said that you are connected to this other person, can you still hang out with your old roommate's ex-boyfriend or your good friend from junior high?

I'm not going to give you an easy answer that says yes you can be friends with members of the opposite sex or no you can't be friends with members of the opposite sex. Instead, I think that whether or not you can be friends with members of the opposite sex when you are married is something that you and your spouse have to decide together, based on your relationship.

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Tips for speaking to friends with candor

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Candor is speaking with frankness or sincerity of expression; speaking with openness. Candor is speaking with complete honesty. Wouldn't it be great to live in a world where everyone is honest? Some may say no because they may not want to hear the truth. Speaking candidly can be hard, but it can be done in a kind and loving way and it can change the outcome of any situation.

If you have a good friendship then you should be able to speak openly and honestly. When you speak candidly it is a way for people to truly get to know you and for you to get to know them. When speaking with candor, you run the risk of sounding foolish. If you decide to stay quiet, and avoid the risk, you will cheat yourself and others of feedback. Or you can say what you think, risk sounding foolish, and be willing to apologize when needed. You will in turn have a life filled with more real friendships. Friends owe it to friends to be as candid as possible.

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Taking an interest in your friends' interests

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Taking interest in your friends' interests may not be an easy task at times. There are a lot of positive things that can come out of being genuinely interested in others. So why is taking an interest in your friends' interests so important? Being aware of this is the first step in understanding what it takes to build a friendship.

Why is it important to take interest in your friends' interests?
Many people in the world typically focus on themselves. Most things seem to revolve around them, and they're always doing things for their benefit. Wouldn't it be great to focus on what other people like? Next time we want to go do something, think of what your friends may like to do. Showing genuine concern in other people will show that you are a caring and compassionate person and others will tend to appreciate and like you more. You never know what kind of lasting friendship you can create by just being sensitive to what others like.

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Prioritizing friendships

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In a fast pace world of coming and going, we all have many things to do, and we never seem to have the time and energy to do them all. Prioritizing is a way to solve that frustrating problem, especially when it comes to friends. Juggling different friendships can be frustrating at times, but it doesn't have to be. In prioritizing friendships, you will see that you will have more time and you won't feel as drained.

Throughout life everyone forms new kinds of relationships with others. Peer groups will expand and evolve through time. Some of these friendships will be deeper and more fulfilling than others. New relationships will be formed and the old relationships will drastically change over time. Some of your old friends will be stuck in the same place as when you met and you may no longer have things in common. Some may be so involved in their new lives that they may have less time to socialize. So how do you handle prioritizing all these friendships?

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How to get out of an abusive "friendship"

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An abusive relationship can be defined as any relationship where the balance and control are uneven. Abuse is shown physically, mentally and verbally. Abuse is more and more prevalent in relationships today, but that doesn't mean that it's right. Whether you are in an abusive relationship or friendship of any kind now is the time to get out. You may wonder how that is possible considering the circumstances, but here are some key steps on how to get out of an abusive friendship.

If you feel that you are being abused then it is very important that you get some help. No matter what an abusive person says they are not capable of changing without deep reflection and professional counseling. This is because they do not see their behavior as abnormal or incorrect.

The first step in getting out of an abusive friendship is to realize that you have the right to be treated with respect. Nobody deserves to be physically or emotionally harmed by another person. You are a special person who is deserving of kindness from others and a life of happiness.

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Getting over an insult given by a friend

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Getting over an insult given by a friend can be difficult, especially if they are a really good friend. People can say harsh things at any given time. This should not determine what mood you are in or how that reflects on your self-esteem. Being insulted happens every day; don't let that determine who you are. There are ways to get over an insult and still have a good relationship with your friend, as well as still feeling good about yourself. Here are some tips in getting over an insult given by a friend:

Let them know they hurt you.
Tell them how it made you feel. Talk it out with them. If you don't explain how the insult made you feel then your anger may continue to escalate until you blow up in their face. This could potentially ruin a friendship. Sometimes people say things without thinking first and your friend may not know they even hurt you. On the other hand, if they frequently and intentionally insult you, then you may want to rethink your friendship.

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Tips for learning more about your friend's and family's interests

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Here are some tips for learning more about your friend's and family's interests. If you are having problems learning about your friend's and family's interests then these simple important tips should help.

It isn't always easy to tell what a person's interests are. If you would like to find out a person's interest and you are having a hard time, then you could try to spend more time with them. This should help you with the following tips.

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How to rekindle a dying friendship

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How to rekindle a dying friendship. If you have a friendship and you are having problems with, where staying friends is difficult, or heading backward, then you can try a few different things and hopefully it helps. Some friendships cannot be rekindled but in most that is not the case.

Try to keep your good friends because they are very important. You should never let a good friendship die over something stupid. If you believe it is worth it then try to find better more understanding friend(s). But otherwise, keep the ones you have.

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How to sever a friendship that is dragging you down

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If you are having problems with a friend, or fighting more than getting along then it might be time to end your relationship. Even if you are not fighting, if you feel the relationship drags you down because the person is always negative, or brings out your bad side, or encourages behavior you do not believe in, you should consider ending the friendship. You can bring this up to your friend and see if they feel the same about ending the relationship.

Telling your friend they drag you down could cause them to get mad and cause problems, so be careful on how you approach the subject. A lot of people have problems on how and when to end a relationship. This is a hard thing to do but if you think you should end the relationship then you should.

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How to keep friends close

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If you are having problems keeping you friends close than it might not be your fault.
If your friends are becoming really busy and are not able to spend a lot of time with you than it might be out of your hands. However, sometimes it is your fault.

If this friend means a lot to you than you can try to give them hints that you want to be closer. If that doesn't work than try talking to them about the problem. Some friend's just change, as they grow older.

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What to do when you and a friend are fighting over a member of the opposite sex

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Everyone tries to avoid it, but inevitably some of us have to battle it out with a friend when it comes to members of the opposite sex. Everyone wants to find their "other" half and live happily ever after, so when that great guy comes along he's bound to have more than one woman after him. Too bad it had to be you and your friend. So what do you do when you and a friend are fighting over a member of the opposite sex? Here are some suggestions to help ease some tension.

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Learning to look beyond your friend's faults

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The relationship two friends share can be trying and special all at the same time. Friends go through many things together, good and bad. They develop strong bonds that can get them through the hard times in life, and help through the ups and downs. We learn through good friendships that nobody is perfect, including ourselves. Learning to look beyond your friend's faults might be hard sometimes, but it is possible and here are some ways to help.

Focus on the positive

Sure everyone has faults and imperfections. That's what makes us human and vulnerable to being humble and meek. So instead of focusing all your energy on the things that irritate you, try changing your focus. They are after all your friend, so think about all those positive things you love about them and drew you to them in the first place. What similarities do you have? What do you like to do together? What are their strengths? If you are as good a friend as you claim, then it shouldn't be too hard trying to find some pretty great things about them.

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How to Lose a Friend in Ten Days

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Ending a friendship can be one of the hardest things to do especially if one of the parties doesn't want it to happen. I think it is safe to say that everyone has had to do it whether it's because of a disagreement, or something else losing friends isn't easy. No matter what the cause is, it inevitably happens so here are some tips to help you figure out how to lose a friend in ten days.

Day One
After you have realized that you want the friendship to end, you just want to sit back and relax on day one. Go about your day as naturally as you can. If your friend calls and wants to hang out them by all means hang out. Let them do their thing; complain, whine, bully, whatever it is they do. After all you're going to end it right so you might as well let them get everything off their chest, and you as well.

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Figuring out your communication difficulties in a friendship


Relationships are definitely one of the most complex things that human beings have to deal with. Figuring out your communication difficulties in a friendship is among those. Nobody communicates in exactly the same way, so figuring out how to do with friends can be especially tricky, and sometimes just difficult. Here are some ways to help improve your communication difficulties in a friendship.

1. Listen. Of course, it is so simple; be a good listener. Right, that's what everyone says anyway. Being a good listener; a truly good listener takes a lot of practice and awareness. Everyone needs someone to talk with and even more importantly someone who will just listen. As difficulties arise in the friendship, take a step back and ask yourself, "Am I really listening to her/ him?" Don't interrupt to give advice; don't try to tell stories that relate to yourself in the experience; and don't act like you could care less. Just listen to them, and let them know that you care. That's all it takes.
2. "Walk a mile in their shoes." Or if you can't walk in their shoes, try and see it from their point of view. When there are communication difficulties most people want to share their side of the story and feel like they are being listened to and understood. Try (as hard as it may be) to stop focusing on you for just a moment, and think about how the conflict might have affected the other party. How must your friend be feeling? Could he or she possible be feeling the same way you are feeling? Step out of yourself and think about your friend as you come across communication difficulties.

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What you can do to help your children get along

One of the most difficult challenges facing parents is how to help their children get along. This is a problem in many families since getting along with a sibling can be tough. Children can feel jealous of time and attention a sibling receives from parents or even toys their siblings receive. Children probably compare themselves, whether they admit it or not. Many children feel frustrated if they are the oldest and feel they are penalized with more chores and responsibility while the youngest child seems to slide by. Many parents are very concerned and feel overwhelmed on how to help their children get along with the hope that one day they just might be friends. If you are facing this dilemma with your own family here are some ideas on what you can do to help your children get along.

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Tips for forming good friendships from an early age

Friendships can provide a wealth of enjoyment and support throughout our lives provided we know how to form them. Many people in today's busy world seem unable to form lasting friendships that can become a part of their life. Yet most children seem to possess the instinct to make friends from an early age. Surprisingly it turns out that the ability to make friends is critical for the success of children, even early on. And it's not just because having friends is fun. Friends may also help kids do better in school because so much of their learning comes from interaction with others. Studies also show that when kids feel connected in school they will be happier getting on the bus in the morning.

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The Key to Communication in Friendships

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Generally, when we become friends with someone we have communication similarities with that person. In fact, studies have even been conducted that examine that similarity in communication values as a predictor of friendship choices. To put it simply, one of the main reasons why we choose to be friends with someone in the first place, is because we get along with and are able to communicate with that person. Generally, if someone is so different from you that you cannot carry on a conversation with them, that relationship may be friendly, but chances are it will not develop into a friendship.

As friends we generally have a good idea of what we need to do to communicate well. Most of us are aware of the fact that sometimes it is best to just listed to your friend and other times your friend will come to you for advice. But many times communication, even with friends, hits a wall or we forget to employ our good communication skills. Here are a few simple reminders of what some of the most basic keys to communication in friendship are.

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Making family a priority, and how that helps familial relationships

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Family is a priority for many people. But what we can all contribute as far as time and effort towards our family will vary. It is safe to say that most of us wish that we had more time to dedicate to our family. So to add to your motivation to wanting to re-commit yourself to making family a priority, here are some examples of how making family a priority helps familial relationships.

Recently, there have been advertisements made that reinforce the importance of spending time as a family especially when it comes to eating together. Also, manufacturers of family games have begun advertising game nights with family as a way of staying connected with each other. In a world where the emphasis on family time is growing fainter and fainter, there has been a push to remind all of us of just how important making family a priority is in terms of developing better familial relationships.

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How to get over a fight with an opposite gender friend

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While we all wish our friendships were completely without problems the reality is that conflicts and problems do come up. This can be even more complicated if the friend you are having a conflict with is the opposite gender from you. Men and women both perceive friendships and conflict resolution differently so this must be considered if you are trying to resolve a fight with a friend who is the opposite gender. Understanding, compassion and honest must all become a part of the conflict resolution. But do not despair if you want to repair your friendship there are ways to bring you and your friend back together again. Here are some tips on how to get over a fight with an opposite gender friend.

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How to make better friendships

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Introduction

To some of us our friends are a dime a dozen, to others only one or two friends are what we need. Some people have life-long friends while others feel as close to new friends as if they had known them all their life. No matter what types of friendships you have, chances are that you could always benefit from making those friendships better.

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Making friends with your significant other's friends, how to get past the awkwardness


So you have found your better half, the one that makes you whole. Now that you have your significant other, it is time to meet some of the people in their life, their friends. The idea just seems awkward, you just don't know what to do. Here are a few tips on how to get past awkward without any disasters.

 Very first of all, learn all that you can about them. There is a good chance that your significant other has more than one group of friends, so make sure and keep them separate. Find out the names of the close friends in the group, how they met, how long they have been friends, and what they like to do together. This is a lot to take in, but write it down. Don't feel stupid, just take a minute and write down details that your significant other tells you. You will be surprised at the difference it makes to go in with a little bit of foreknowledge. You will impress your other half by wanting to learn all you can and you will impress their friends by knowing so much. It also helps you to not feel left out when they start to reminisce.

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Learning to reconcile with friends quickly

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Even our dearest friendships come across hard times. There are times when we say things that are hurtful or untrue. We might do something to hurt our friend's feelings, or they might do something to hurt yours. Either way, reconciliation is best when done quickly.

Sometimes reconciling with a friend can be hard to do, especially when your feelings have been hurt. But don't throw away a great friendship because of a single moment. There are some things that you can do to reconcile quickly.

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Learning to accept and get along with different personalities


When you open your eyes you can see that everyone is different. You can see that they react differently if situations, they respond differently to outside influences, and they carry themselves differently when they walk. Each person has a unique personality and qualities that make them, well them.

In the book Personality Plus by Florence Littauer, you get a good look at the different personality types and how to get along with them. These are some of the key ideas from the book.

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Keeping a friendship going long distance


Friends are held dear to our hearts, but when you or one of your friends have to move, keeping that friendship strong can sometimes be hard. The distance can make the friendship harder to maintain, but it doesn't have to mean that friends are lost.

At any age having a friend move away can be hard. But there are some things that you can do to ensure that you don't lose friends because of distance.

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Eliminating gossip from your friendship


When you get together with friends, or when you are on the phone with a good friend, the first thing you do is catch each other up on what has happened since your last visit. This conversation includes what happened to you and your family, how work is going, and what you heard happened to a mutual friend or a friend of a friend.

Now you heard it, so it must be true, right? But the truth is you can only believe half of what you hear. Gossiping is a habit that is common among people, yes even men has the tendency to gossip. But how does gossip affect your friendships? How does it affect you?

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Tips for improving communication with family and friends


The following are some tips for improving communication with family and friends:

1. Get to know them. The better you know someone, the less likely you are to misinterpret something they do or say. When you want to improve communication with friends and family, the first thing to do is simply spend time with them. If you barely know someone there is a good chance that you will not communicate well with them. So, find out basic information, and learn about their life. That way you will have a knowledge about their beliefs, and the things that contribute to their thought processes.

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How to show appreciation to your friends for their friendship


When you want to show appreciation to your friends for their friendship, there are a number of things you can do. Let's take a look at some of the things you can do, and how to do them in the most effective way:

First, to show your appreciation for their friendship you will want to be a good friend back. Some times the best way to show gratitude for a great friendship is to reciprocate. Anything you appreciate them doing, be sure you do the same. When they see a great friendship in return they will understand without question that an effort is being given in return. The most effective way to do this is just make mental notes about what you appreciate from them, whether it is phone calls, help, invitations to dinner, etc. then do the same for them.

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How to improve friendships by having a weekly game night

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Freindships are the next best relationships to familial relationships, and should be taken seriously. Our relationships bring joy and comfort to our lives, and help us to feel apart of the world around us. One great way to improve friendships is by having a weekly game night. This is something you should set up with your friends and neighbors. Have a standing night, such as Thursday night, and a standing time, such as 7. You can rotate houses so that everyone gets to host, or so that one person does not hold the whole burden of hosting every time.

By setting up a game night, people will start to include those plans in their schedule, much like watching their favorite television show. And, by doing it regularly, you get to establish relationships. The more often you do something with someone, the better you get to know them, and the closer you become. The phone calls, the conversations in passing, and the interactions at game night will be the building blocks of very strong friendships.

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Being friends with someone of a different race and culture

Friendships are something we can all enjoy and that adds spice and fun to our lives. One of the disadvantages of friendships is that sometimes they take us into circles we are not as familiar with, and this can cause problems. What kind of problems? Well, when you are unfamiliar with someone else's race, culture, customs, and traditions you can be offensive and not mean to be.

Let's take a look at some of the things you should do when you are friends with someone of a different race or culture. This is not intended to imply you should not be, or that it is difficult to be, just that it is important to be respectful and knowledgeable about all races and cultures, but especially about any that you intend to have relationships with.

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How to argue the right way, so you can get past it


Fighting is a part of real life, but there is a right and a wrong way to fight. Arguing is going to happen due to the simple fact that not everyone agrees all of the time, but you can argue in a constructive manner, or in a way that is going to create problems for you. Let's take a look at how to argue the right way so you can get past it:

Step one: know your argument. If you want to have an argument, or if you are going to have an argument, you have to know what you are arguing. Arguing a point you do not feel strongly about, or arguing something without knowing the whole story behind is useless. So take a few minutes to put together the main points of your argument, and to determine what your reason for arguing is. If it is not a vali

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How to say goodbye to friends when moving long distance

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So you have made the decision and you are moving far from the home that you love so much. This means new neighbors, friends, schools, grocery stores, and churches. But its not the new that you are most worried about, it's the old that you don't want to leave behind.

Saying goodbye is hard for many people. It is a fact of life that most people will go to extremes to avoid. But with your close friends, you know that you need to say goodbye the right way and leave some ties behind.

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How to help a friend in need when your time and resources are limited

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You know your friend is having a tough time. You know that they could use some help, but you just don't have a whole lot of extra time and resources to help them. How do you show your friend you care without going too far out of your way.

Start by letting them know that you care, mail them a letter or send them an email. Maybe even send them a text message. Tell them that you feel for them and that they are important to you. You could use a poem or story that you found or write something from your heart, either way let them know you care about them.

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How to treat your friends


The following is a look at how you should treat your friends.

Respect
If you want to have friends, first and foremost you need to treat these people with respect. Everyone wants to be respected. No one wants to be left out, have their opinion or position be mocked, made fun of, etc. So, if you want to be a friend, and have a friend, you have to show your respect to others. This is done in a number of ways. However, no matter what method you choose for showing your respect, you have to show it to have a friend.

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How to meet people in your neighborhood


Having friends is important, but getting to know your neighbors is just as important. In our busy lives we often do not even have time for those we care about most, let alone the time or desire to meet our neighbors. However, for life to be pleasant, it is important to meet the people in your neighborhood. The following is a guide for how to meet people in your neighborhood:

1. Be outside. People take walks, take out their trash, walk out to their cars, or otherwise spend time outside. If you are always in your house, and do not venture out much, it is hard to get to know the people who live around you. So, in the early evening, take your loved one by the hand and go for a walk. A stroll through the neighborhood on a regular basis will give you ample opportunity to meet and greet people in your neighborhood whom you may never get to know otherwise. Eat on your front lawn, play ball with your kids, or simply strategically take out your trash when a neighbor is outside. This will help you have contact, interaction, and the beginnings of a friendship.

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Things you can do daily to improve your friendships

While many of us realize that our relationships need work on a daily basis to stay healthy, many of us tend to forget that our friendships are a part of those relationships. Like our spouses we tend to forget about our closest friends because we just assume that they will always be there. But unfortunately that isn't always the case, many of times if we don't do things to maintain our friendships they are going to disappear. But the good news is that there are things that we can do on a daily basis to improve our friendships and help keep those friends for a lifetime.

Here are some things that you can do daily to improve your friendships.

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How to get past the hurt of a friend shunning you

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Many of us have probably felt shunned by our friends at one point or another and most often than not those feelings have caused massive fights and plenty of hurt feelings. But the thing about shunning your friends is that many times those were not our intentions and because nobody speaks up about what has happened or that their feelings were hurt the situation gets out of control. The best thing that you can do to help get over your hurt feelings if a friend has shunned you is to talk to your friend about what happened and why it happened. But the key to talking to them about what happened is to make sure that you do it in a calm and collective manner, if you end up yelling and making accusations things most likely will get even further out of control.

Difficulty rating: Easy to moderate

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Why we need friends

Everyone loves having friends, and they make life enjoyable, but do we really need friends? Yes. The answer to that question is simple. We need friends. The reasons are as follows:

Friends comes with friendships, it is through friendships that we often find ourselves and enjoyment in life. Friendships often help to give our lives purpose. Friendships help to bring satisfaction to your life because you care about someone, and you know they care about you in return.

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Tips for talking to friends with a problem

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Here are some tips for talking to friends with a problem. It is normal for people to have some sadness, or some anger or even some depression. Certain times, like during finals in college and trade school, friends can become stressed deeply. These can become times when a good friend is badly needed.

Sometimes life becomes too much to handle, or relationships become so sour they must be ended. These are times a good friend lends a concerned ear and listens. When some people have experiences that become too intense, then thoughts of suicide could emerge.

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The difference between acquaintances and friends


In life you have friends, and then you have acquaintances, and the difference is one that is important to note. Most of the people you will call "friends" will only actually ever be acquaintances. So why do we call these people friends? Well because they are friendly. This does not mean they are someone that you have fun with, can talk to, open up to, etc.

So, let's take a look at the difference:
Acquaintances usually have varied interests, and most of the time, while they show interest in your interests, they may not respect your choices. Friends on the other hand usually have areas of common interest, and they respect opinions and choices, even if they disagree with them.

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How to go from acquaintance to close friends

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You meet people every day, people at work, in the grocery store, the mail person, etc. You probably have a ton of acquaintances, but how many close friends do you have? The only way to make close friends is to take someone from the acquaintance stage to the friendship stage, and then to close friends. However, not everyone is a real candidate or a good person for being close friends. So, you have to test it out. The following is some tips for how you can go from acquaintance to close friends in your relationships:

First you have to start with yourself. If you want to move from acquaintance to close friend, you have to be willing to open up some and take some risk. You have to share. Many people are afraid to risk opening up, but if you never take that risk, you will never have any close friends.

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How to be a good friend and maintain your friendships


If you want to be a good friend, and someone who is able to maintain your friendships, then start by considering what qualities in general you want in friends.

People want their closest friends to be interested in them.
People want to feel they are supported by their friends.
People want to know their friends will be loyal to them.

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In life you have friends, and then you have acquaintances, and the difference is one that is important to note. Most of the people you will call "friends" will only actually ever be acquaintances. So why do we call these people friends? Well because they are friendly. This does not mean they are someone that you have fun with, can talk to, open up to, etc.

So, let's take a look at the difference:
Acquaintances usually have varied interests, and most of the time, while they show interest in your interests, they may not respect your choices. Friends on the other hand usually have areas of common interest, and they respect opinions and choices, even if they disagree with them.

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Tips for helping friends with their problems, when you should and when you shouldn't

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Sometimes when friends need help it is appropriately to step in, and other times they need to do things for themselves. For example, if your friend is ill, a ride to the doctor is a great way to help. However, if your friend falls on hard times financially, lending them money is not a good idea. Instead you should give emotional support, and be sensitive of their situation, meaning, still spend time with them, but do it in an inexpensive way. One rule of thumb for helping friends is that extending courtesy and being a crutch are two different things. So, help when you can, but allow them to empower themselves. Basically, never lend money or pay, rather do other things.

The following are some tips and examples for how to help friends with problems, based on the types of problems, and some suggestions for things you should not do:

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Tips for being the kind of friend you want to be


Have you ever had a friend that was so thoughtful, so loyal, or just so nice? Have you envied those qualities in them? Have you ever wished you were more like them? Being a good friend, someone willing to drop anything to help out, or someone who has a great shoulder to cry on, or is a good listener is an acquired skill, not just something you are born with. It is possible to be the kind of friend you want to be. Try the following:

Step one: Be honest. If you really do not care about something they have going on, do not pretend like you do. It is easy to tell when someone is being superficial, so be the kind of friend who is meaningful. Not caring is going to be easier to forgive then pretending to care and being fake. No one likes feeling like they are being lied to, coddled, etc. so do not do that to someone you want to be friends with. Be open, honest, and straight forward. Do not make excuses for yourself.

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Tips for expanding your circle of friendship


Friends add excitement and enjoyment to life. It is easy to say you want to make more friends, and hard to actually do it. There are many who find the idea of putting themselves out there and meeting people absolutely frightening, but it is a part of expanding your circle of friends. The following are some tips to make more friends:

Be a little outgoing: If you never talk to someone it is darn hard to be friends with them. So, to expand your circle of friendship start by being a little more outgoing within the circle you already associate in. For example, there are probably people at your work that you know, but are not friends with. There are probably people are your church you could become friends with. The hard part is already over, the initial meeting is through, you have something in common, etc. now you just have to be outgoing enough to build on that. So, start in your familiar circles and move outward from there. You never know what awaits until you try.

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How to repair broken friendship bonds

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The bonds of friendship, while strong, can be broken by careless action, deeds, words, etc. The truth is, we have probably all, at one time or another, said or done something that lead to the loss of a friend. Hopefully you learned from this and did not lose others to the same mistakes. However, this is not about that, it is about how to repair broken friendship bonds. It is possible to restore a friendship, but just like the restoration of anything worthwhile, it is going to take time, effort, and desire. So, try the following:

Be the first to say sorry, even if you do not think it is your fault, you can be sorry about what the results were. A sincere apology for the disillusionment of friendship is a must when it comes to repairing broken bonds. Usually, even if the bonds break due to time or distance, there is some fault to be had, and a good apology is going to do wonders for getting things back on track. So, take the blame for letting things go bad, or not keeping up the communication, or whatever it is that lead to the problem, or at least apologize for the outcome. Make sure you do this in person. Be sincere. Know what you are apologizing for. An apology is the first step, but the apology does not solve anything without action.

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Tips for healthy, happy, long lasting, friendships

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We all want to have good friends, and more than that we want long lasting friendships, the following are some tips for healthy, happy, long-lasting friendships:

Tip one: spend time together frequently.
If you want any relationship to work, including a friendship you need to spend time together, and often. It is okay to have lapses of time where you neglect each other because of a significant other or because of something else like a illness, family crisis, job change etc. However, when life settles down and you have a routine or schedule you just need to make sure that your friend is a part of that. Healthy, happy, long lasting friendship only exist when your friend is a part of your life. So, spend time together having fun. Go out to eat, see movies, take your kids to the park, bowl, play sports, join the same book club, etc.

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Tips for creating lasting friendships with your neighbors

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Creating friendships with your neighbors is something that is not only a good idea, but fun. Naturally, you want the people you live near to be your friends. It makes everything so much more pleasant in the neighborhood. And it can be a blast to live next door or across the street from someone you're close to. So here are some ideas for creating lasting friendships with your neighbors.

Get out and meet your neighbors. If you want to make friends with your neighbors, you first need to meet them. No matter where you live, this should be fairly easy. If you're embarrassed to just go over to the neighbors and say hello, bring them a potted plant or a tray of cookies or fresh bread. If they're new to the area, tell them you just wanted to welcome them to the area. If you're new, tell them you wanted to introduce yourself. Here are a few ideas to make your initial conversation go smoothly with the neighbors.

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Bridling your tongue for a better relationship

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In relationships it is always important to watch what you say to people, and how you say it. A mean word, or a careless word can mean the end of a great friendship, or relationship. Words are not only for communication. Words can act as weapons, and thus should be carefully thought out before they are used. Never say something in joking that could hurt someone if you were not joking.

There is an old adage small children would sing on the play grounds, it goes, "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me." This is entirely untrue. Name calling, and words, these emotionally damaging weapons can hurt more than physical weapons. If someone were to physically hurt you, with a little time and treatment it hurts. However, if your heart is hurt with words, you may never fully recover. Chances are you will never be the same person again. Words can damage the heart and soul. You can get counseling, and try all sort of other therapy, but your outlook, your feelings, and most importantly, your relationship with the offender will never be the same again. You do not want to risk this with people you love.

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Why you should never loan friends money

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You may have heard the warning to never loan money to friends but deciding on whether or not to loan friends money can be more difficult than you may think. Deciding now that it is not good business sense to loan money to friends or family members is easy enough but when you are approached by someone you care for who asks for your help it is a lot more difficult to turn them away. Hopefully in reading these dangers of lending money to friends, you will not find it too challenging to politely decline a loan request when the time comes. Remember, you should never lend money for it will strain your relationship and someone will end up hurt.

Never mix business with pleasure

You have heard this saying time and time again because it is sound advice. Whether it is working with a friends loaning money to a friend or whatever type of business you may be tempted to go in on with a friend, it is never a good idea because the turn-out is more than likely going to be ugly. Business dealings, however honest they may be, are not meant to involve personal feelings of caring and love for another person. Such emotions are reserved for a friendship. It is important to have both business associates and close personal friends, but it is equally important to clearly designate a line between the two parties.

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How to Create Lasting Friendships

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Lasting friendships are not the kind of things that just blossom over night. You have to take time to care for friendships and do all that you can to ensure that they have what they need to grow. Creating lasting friendships can be a very difficult thing for some people. Fortunately, friendship is something that we are all entitled to. Below are some suggestions for how you can create a lasting friendship of your own and to ensure that the friendships that you already have can be strengthened.

Make that telephone call
We make time for the things that are most important to us. It is very difficult to develop a friendship without communication. Whether you go to visit your friend, write letters, or chat on the phone you must always make a conscious effort to be a presence in your friend's life. You do not have to always have lengthy conversations, but checking in with your friend form time to time lets them know that your thoughts are with them.

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Apologies, how to do them right

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There are lots of things that come to mind when you think about apologies. We are taught to "really mean it" when we apologize and to "be sincere." Many times it is hard to know exactly what to say. Apologies are also difficult because they force you to put yourself in a very vulnerable position and sometimes the individual that you are apologizing too can take advantage of that vulnerability. The process of correcting wrong and apologizing consists of about 5 different steps. Although this is not to say that there is only one easy to apologize, these steps provide a helpful guide if you are the type of person who has a difficult time saying, "I'm sorry."

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Staying friend even when life situations change

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So are people supposed to just kick their old friends to the curb when their life situation changes? No way, but it may take a little extra attention to keep the friendship alive.

Staying friends after marriage, kids, or other life changes can still work out. Girls still need a girl's night out and guy's still need their guy time. After a little honeymoon time with whatever the new change is, people will find that they still need friends and are ready to reach out to them. In good strong friendships, people understand that life changes, but their friendship should continue!

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Recognizing signs of an abusive relationship

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An intimate relationship between two people is supposed to bring joy, comfort, security, trust, and happiness. Unfortunately, not all relationships provide these things. Some relationships turn into abusive situations, and there is nothing more painful than an abusive relationship. It is important to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship for one's own protection and for protecting friends and family members.

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How to stay friends after a breakup

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"But I still want to be friends." That is a famous last line during the infamous breakup scene. Most of us scoff at it or spit at it. But sometimes it is a genuine feeling. Who doesn't want to stay friends after a breakup? That person walks away with days, weeks, months, or years of important memories of our lives. It can be really heart-wrenching. So is it possible to stay friends after a breakup?

A big part of staying friends after a breakup involves what happens during the breakup. Breaking up a relationship is a difficult thing. In a mature relationship there are usually serious reasons why a person severs a romantic interest. Usually one person basically tells the other person that there is something about their personality or nature that they just can't deal with. These conversations can get ugly fast. People all have a natural instinct to defend themselves, which is why breakups can turn into a nasty name calling session. Obviously it is highly unlikely to remain friends after an episode like that. So to really remain friends after a breakup, be sure to be honest, clear, and decent during a breakup.

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How to make long-distance relationships work

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Being away from one's sweetheart is terrible! A really good relationship is worth whatever it takes to be in the same place, but sometimes it just doesn't work out. But, strong relationships can survive long distances. Here's how:

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How to know when enough is enough

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Knowing when to get out of a bad relationship is an important skill that everyone who is dating should develop and continue to maintain. It can be difficult to get to know people, but once there is any question about a person's ability to control themselves it is time to get out.

Some people choose to stay in physically abusive relationships for years and years. It would be a lot better if people could detect potential problems and leave before they developed into something much worse. But, it usually just isn't that easy. Often abusive relationships develop over time. The abuser slowly works away at the victim's self esteem until they often don't fight against serious abuse. There are key signs that signal that a relationship is heading towards abuse and when anyone of these signs begins to develop into a consistent pattern then enough is enough.

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I've heard about adult friend finders. Do they really work?

Answer: I assume that you are asking about Adult Friend Finder, which is between the 40th and 60th most popular website online. Adult Friend Finder is a spin off from the original Friend Finder, which is just your typical online friend community. Adult Friend Finder is a website that says that it is the largest sex and swinger personals site and community on the Internet. Adult Friend Finder says that it has over 20 million members.
The way that Adult Friend Finder works is that it allows you to join for free so that you can meet either friends or just sex partners. However, if you want to be ranked higher in the searches of others and various other benefits, you can pay for a higher level of membership.

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Strengthening friendships

We all have friends, or at least the beginnings of friendships. However, no matter where your friendship is you can strengthen it. Strengthening friendships is an important part of life, as relationships are what get us through the day. So, follow these tips for a stronger healthier friendship:
 Good friends are not made by a quick chat. Friendship takes time to develop. So, to strengthen your friendship, give it time, and spend time together, otherwise nothing will happen.

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Working with your friends, is it a good idea?

Let's face it, most of us don't exactly jump for joy at the thought of going to work. In fact, most view work as a sort of necessary evil they must endure in order to fund the more exciting parts of their lives. However, many people have found that working with their friends adds some enjoyment to the work week. Instead of dreading work each day, it is something to look forward to as it can almost be like a social event. The question then must be raised, is working with your friends a good idea? Let's take a look at both the advantages and disadvantages:

Advantage: work can be a lot more fun, and you will enjoy it more because you are with people you like.

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Who comes first, family or friends? How to get your priorities straight.

When you look at your life, what do you see? Who comes first, friends or family? If you have a choice between spending time with your friends and hanging out with your brother, sister, or parents, who do you choose? If your mom needs help getting the house clean do you jump in? What about if your friend needs help getting their room clean? Basically in life we are faced with a choice, do we make our real family our priority, or our chosen family.our friends?

If your friends are currently your priority, and you want to make family come first, or in other words get your priorities straight.read on, the following are some great tips for how to get your priorities straight and make family come first.

"Who comes first, family or friends? How to get your priorities straight." »

Best friends, what are the qualifications

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There are many different relationships between people. Best friends have a relationship that is very unique and special. Best friends hold a bond that is unlike a typical bond friends share. Most everyone can think of someone they would consider to be their best friend. There are certain qualifications or characteristics that most best friends have. Look through this list and see if you and your best friend meet these qualifications. And if not, maybe you guys really aren't best friends after all!

15 Qualifications of Best Friends

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Making meaningful relationships that last

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In our lives we come and go, we hurry to this, hurry from that, and find little time for anything more than fast food, superficial fun, and come and go relationships. So, in this world of fast paced styles and craziness how do you make meaningful relationships that last?

The following are some tips and tricks for making meaningful relationships that last:

  • Talk about values: meaningful relationships have to break through the surface levels and enter other regions. So, if all you talk about is how cute those jeans are, or what game is on tonight, or how obnoxious Paris Hilton is, you will never get beyond the superficial relationship. Conversations have to be deeper in order to get a meaningful lasting relationship. This does not mean you have to talk about gloom and doom. However, you should talk about what makes you you. That would be your values. So, talk about your thoughts feelings, and core values, and you will get a much longer lasting and meaningful relationship than you will get if you talk about shoes.

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Making friends when you are new

Being new in a school, community, or even workplace can be difficult. There are already groups that have been formed, clicks, and relationships established. Everyone has those inside jokes you aren't a part of, they have those stories from the past that this or that remind them of, and they have their own traditions. So, how do you make friends when you are new? How do you fit in when you haven't been there for the memories?

Being new is difficult, but everyone wants friends, so don't dismay.try some of these suggestions and you will have friends in no time:

"Making friends when you are new" »

How can I help my kids learn how to make friends?

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This article discusses how you can help your kids learn how to make friends. Making friends is one of the most important skills that we learn, and one of the most fundamental abilities that we have to develop. But we know from our own experiences how difficult it is to make friends, and how heartbreaking it is to see your kids try and try, but still get rejected. Here are some tips on how you can help your kids learn how to make friends, but remember that there is no foolproof way, and that all kids are going to be hurt by their friends now and again.

Childhood expert and author Carol Weston says, "Friendship is huge in the life of children, especially preteens and teens. Friends become a child's chosen family. If his social life is going well, he gains confidence. If she has trouble connecting, it hurts and can make her feel sad and withdrawn and lonely." Most kids will go through both of these stages throughout their lives, when they have friends and when they are rejected. Part of helping your child learn how to make friends is teaching them how to deal with this rejection and pain. However, it's also important to realize that you can never have the same kind of relationship with your child as he or she can have with friends, because you will always be the parent. You aren't equal. And your children need to learn how to get along with their peers.

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How can I get more My Space friends?

This article will discuss how you can get more My Space friends. To some people, this might seem like a somewhat strange question. But My Space can actually be one of your greatest marketing tools. My Space offers an incredibly potent way to get your name out there or the name of your company or your band, etc.. You can contact people who you know will be interested in what you have to offer, narrowing down your advertising aim to those with whom you know your marketing will be effective. If you can just become friends with the thousands of people on My Space who you know will be interested in your music, your programs, or whatever, then you'd have it made. But you don't have the time to search all through My Space to find those people, adding them one by one. The problem, of course, is actually finding all of those people. Well, a number of different programs, of course, have been developed, as they always are to fit a particular need. There are now a number of software options that are available that troll all over My Space and add My Space friends to your account, based on the criteria that you set. The rest of this article will go through the different options so that you can see what's out there and what would be best for you.

First of all, if you go to www.BuddyGenerator.com, you can find more reviews of different friend adder programs and their ratings. Here are some of the more popular and effective friend adding programs that are out there.

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How can I find old high school friends?

It used to be that finding old high school friends, especially ones that moved away from your home town, was basically impossible. The only way that you could find those friends all over the country was if you got in contact with someone who knew where they were-a mother, a sister, a grandparent, or another friend. So you would have to know how to get in contact with those people and where you could find them, another task in and of itself. The way that high school reunion organization committees work is that people regularly send in updated addresses and contact information. If one of your old high school buddies forgets or doesn't want to or doesn't get the call to send that information in, then they basically fall off of the planet and good luck trying to find that old high school friend.

With the Internet, it has become much, much easier to find your old high school friends. There are a number of programs, companies, and organizations that promise to make it easier for you to find those high school friends. Of course, depending on the program, there are still the same pitfalls that, to be perfectly honest, are entirely unavoidable: people might not update their information, they might choose to become unlisted, they might move to another country, and all of those other things that make it well-nigh impossible to find someone. But a number of these Internet programs have made staying in touch and in contact with old high school friends much, much easier. Here's some discussion of the most popular ones.

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How to write a love letter that will make them melt in your hand

Writing love letters is a tradition that dates back for centuries. Long before the telegraph, telephone, email, instant messenger, and cell phones, people communicated everything by letter, including their love! Love letters are still around today, but often in a much different form. Instead of hand written, beautifully scribed letters, we find text messages, typed letters, emails, voice mails, and the occasional snail mail letter.

While the delivery method has changed, the idea behind the love letter is the same. It is to share with someone through prose the feelings you have for them. The following are some tips for writing a love letter that will make them melt in your hand:

"How to write a love letter that will make them melt in your hand" »

Where can I find best friend quotes?

There are a number of places online where you can find best friend quotes to suit all of your quote needs. Whether you are using best friend quotes to give to your best friends, whether you are using best friend quotes for picture frames, whether you are using best friend quotes for scrapbooks, whether you are using best friend quotes to give to people at your school or your children's friends, there is a large number of places online where you can find best friend quotes that will suit all of your needs and that will give you a large variety of different quotes about best friends that you can choose from.

Here are the best places online where you can find best friend quotes:

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Male Pattern Talking

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As is now well known, men and women exhibit quite different styles of talking. For example, women generally give more attention to the relationship aspect of their talk, men to the content of their talk.

One stylistic difference that stands out in conversation is that men tend sometimes to lecture rather than to converse, and to do so more frequently with women than men. That pattern can be a turn-off to both men and women because they come across as know-it-alls, and lectures don't give others much chance to talk..

Why do men do this?

Many men mention that they feel good "informing" others about important topics. They think they are being of service through their acts of enlightenment. Also, most likely, such demonstrations of knowledge show them to be well-informed, in the loop, nobody's fool. In the competitive world that most men experience, they get to be king of the hill - at least for a short while.

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Impro-versation: Staying Present

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A key principle of improvisational theater is "Respond in the
present." Improv players get themselves and fellow players into
trouble when they think ahead and write mental scripts of
what they'll say later on. Then, by the time another player
makes them an offer to deal with, their pre-scripted response
doesn't fit.

Conversers Often Pre-script

During everyday conversation, people often pre-script while
waiting their turn to talk. You can observe such scripting when
people are self-conscious and want to appear competent, as
when groups of strangers are asked to briefly introduce themselves.
In these situations, you can see most people planning ahead instead
of listening to the others'introductions. The quality of responding
and accuracy of understanding plummet because so little
attention is given to listening.

Even when people are able to pretend to listen because they
want to appear polite, their attention is divided between scripting
and responding, and what they say will seem more mechanical
than spontaneous.

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6 Steps to Improving Personal Relationships

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1. Name three good friends who are outside of your family. Schedule time to spend with them during the next month.

2. Write a personal note or E-mail a friend you haven't spoken with in awhile.

3. Schedule a 'date' with your significant other so that she or he remains 'significant.'

4. Seek to recapture some of the joy and wonderment you experienced as a child.

5. Limit changes in your personal life while you are experiencing change at work.

6. Strive to be people-oriented. Do a kind deed for someone each day.

"6 Steps to Improving Personal Relationships" »

Friendships don't last forever

There are a number of friendship myths that people believe -- one of them is "good friendships should last forever." The truth is, nothing lasts forever, including friendships. Buddha pointed out that everything is impermanent, and he was right. Spiritual beings may be eternal, but human relationships always end -- either in death or some other parting of the ways. Relationships of all kinds, friendships included, are organic - they have a beginning, a middle, and an end. It's normal and natural.

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Choosing The Perfect Holiday Gift Basket

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Choosing a memorable gift is often a challenge. Here are some tips to help you select a gift basket that will cause the recipient to remember you positively for years!

If you're like most people, there's a gift basket or some corporate gift baskets on your shopping list this holiday season.

After carefully researching the gift basket industry, and talking to a number of suppliers within it, here are some insider tips we've discovered to help you choose a gift basket the recipient will appreciate and remember for years to come:

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The Friend Who Taught Me

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Knowing her day can be dreadfully tiresome when she mounts her soapbox, there's much to like and enjoy about her life so far.

When she describes the understandings of her existence and its climactic moments, I compare with other ordinary people as they go through their day, terrified of what may come their way. In my opinion we all take for granted the health of our kids, and our daily gifts. Most of us grew patience when our kids were infants and woke us up at two in the morning, as this has never stopped for my friend.

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Build your Social Support Network

A social support network is a group of people who you can count on to support you. They may be the first people you call when something upsetting has happened, when you have a difficult decision to make, or when you have fantastic news to share. Some of the people in your social support network might be professionals and support you in very specific ways (i.e. your family doctor or your life coach), and other people in your network you might live with or be in contact with every day.

First, let's talk about why social support is important and why it matters to your self-care. Research has shown that a lack of social support (isolation) can contribute to an ongoing state of chronic stress, which will negatively impact your immune system and put you at risk for dangerous conditions.

Now, what can strengthening your social support network do for you? Social support can improve the functioning of your immune system, protecting you from disease, and it can increase your vitality, decrease your stress and improve your self-esteem.

WHAT MAKES A SOCIAL SUPPORT NETWORK SOLID?

STRENGTH – Make sure that you're not counting on one or two people to provide all the support you need. That can be hard on them, and on you (if they're suddenly unable to be there for you). Reach out regularly to several people.

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A Gift From the Heart of a Friend

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She stares at me and then closes her eyes. A tinge of early dawn plays on her cheek as it peeks through the glass curtains by my desk. I grow warmer, waiting in silence for her first uncertain word and the gentle touch of her hand. She fidgets and rocks in her chair. She cannot hold her thoughts inside much longer.

We've been meeting like this for months. Some days she rambles, pouring out her soul. She talks of yesterday's sorrows and tomorrow's distant shores. She tells me her needs, desires, dreams, and passions.

Sometimes she teases me with impossible notions that she only wishes she believed. When she's feeling light, she weaves amusing tales and tells me jokes. I accept her as perfect - always perfect as she is.

Finally she opens her eyes, and a tear drop falls. The emotions are about to flow. "Okay," she whispers under her breath. I see her desperation and project my own inner light toward her. Her eyes glow with expectancy. She pours out her soul and discovers buried treasures.

She paints a portrait of her father and rehearses what she will tell him after all these years. She's filled with hope that he will finally understand. Her spirit lifts. My mind dances furiously recording her thoughts and prayers.

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Don't Be Afraid to Let Other People See Who You Really Are

Do you know anybody that you feel is particularly engaging and lively? Take a moment to picture that person in your mind. What is it about that person that you find most attractive? He or she may have a charming voice and a great laugh, but it is also very likely that you find their face very expressive. That person is probably quick to smile and laugh and seems to always have a twinkle in their eye.

A face that never shows any emotion, and never smiles is not very appealing. No matter how attractive or how plain a person’s facial features may be, a great smile can make that person look beautiful to others. When you smile at other people, they will assume that you are in a good mood and that you are happy to see them. This will make other people more likely to want to spend time with you and to know you better.

Allowing our face to show emotions is actually an advantage in developing relationships. Other people are constantly trying to read and respond to our body language and facial expressions, often on a subconscious level. They are trying to sense whether we really care about them or not, whether we are concerned with what is going on in their lives. If you are a person who is very emotionally sensitive, this sensitivity can be an asset in forming relationships. Use your sensitivity to show empathy for other people.

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