The Power of Friendships: Building Your Community of Support

I had dinner last night with a dear old friend who I haven't seen in a while. She's the kind of wise friend who is both my champion and my "butt kicker." She's tells me things I probably don't want to hear but need to face. I love her for it and I'm grateful. I'm grateful for all my dear girlfriends who make me laugh, who let me cry and blubber over margaritas, who are my biggest fans. I have the kind of friends who support me and my marriage, knowing that my life with my husband is deeply important to me. I consider myself extremely blessed.

Surrounding ourselves with close friends who champion our relationships is vital to their survival. We all need friendships outside our relationships. Good friends tell you what you need to hear and remind you about your goals. They notice when you're depressed or engaging in unhealthy behaviors. They have a way of listening to you without judgment, accepting you as you are.

People who don't have good friends or friends who support our partnerships, experience more loneliness, isolation, depression, anxiety and rigid thinking. Even one good one makes a vast difference in the quality of our lives.

If you're person who struggles with finding time for friends or don't have close friendships, commit to working on it. Pick up a book on making friends, take a fun class, join a Meetup group, finally call that friend you've been neglecting. We and our relationships are healthier when we have good friends in our lives.

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