Friendship advice: How to be a better friend

Author: Canadian Living


Friendship advice: How to be a better friend

Have you noticed sometimes your friendship troubles can be trickier to navigate than your relationship woes? Women are known for the way they nurturers and peacekeepers, but anyone who's watched an episode of the Real Housewives of New York knows sometimes keeping the peace is the last thing on a woman's mind.

Here are our best tips for resolving difficulties that can threaten your friendships. Take a look at what really makes a great friend in out photo gallery, below. You'll also learn how to mend a friendship that has hit a rough patch. Find out why having a best friend is important, plus, learn what to do before confessing secret feelings for a close friend.

Photo gallery: The dos and don'ts of great friendships

Making friends is easy – staying friends is the challenge! Keep your best friends close with a few rules for being a good friend.

It's a fact: women are hard-wired to make friends, keep these friends close and to nurture their friendships for life. But all relationships take work, and there isn't a woman alive who hasn't lost a good friend over something – usually after months or years of resentment that could have been avoided.

Relationship advice: How to turn a friendship into a romance

Would you like to go from being 'just friends' to being in a romantic relationship? Our relationship advice can help.

Can your best bud become your main squeeze? Sometimes the chemistry that was nonexistent at the beginning of a friendship kicks into high gear as time goes on. Affection may grow on its own. Or one of you may have a sudden epiphany – like when your potential paramour falls in love with someone else, is about to be married or breaks up with his existing partner.

Top 10 reasons you need a best friend

Best friends forever? Why having a close friendships makes life easier – and more fun.

We all know how important friends are. There are friends we go for coffee with, friends we shop with and friends we head to the gym with. But despite having a pal for every occasion, having a best friend is a huge bonus in life. Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem, a registered marriage and family therapist, offers some insight into what makes the bond between best friends so special – and so important.

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Friendship advice: How to be a better friend