Making Friends

Tips For Making Friends At A New School

Tips For Making Friends At A New School

A young reader wants to be popular at her new school. Here are 10 common sense rules for making new friends at school.

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Most Popular Posts On The Friendship Blog – 2021

Most Popular Posts On The Friendship Blog – 2021

In 2021, a very unusual year (hopefully), these were the top posts on The Friendship Blog (in order) that seemed to resonate most with readers. 

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Keeping Friends

Gay Friend Losing Interest in Our Friendship

Gay Friend Losing Interest in Our Friendship

A straight woman develops and instant bond with a gay friend that seems to have fizzled out. She wonders why this happened.

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Book Club Friendships: We Read, Then Talk

Book Club Friendships: We Read, Then Talk

Sandra Nowlan recounts the inspiring story of a book club that’s been meeting for 40 years and the friendships it nurtured.

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Resolving Problems

5 Not-So-Simple Rules for Mending A Broken Friendship

5 Not-So-Simple Rules for Mending A Broken Friendship

Despite the romanticized myth of BFF, the hard truth is that most friendships don’t last forever. In fact, research suggests that when it comes to friendships, there’s a phenomenon somewhat akin to the seven-year itch; half of our friendships change over that time period. Mending a broken friendship isn’t always easy but if the friendship is valuable to you, it’s worth an earnest try

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When Friends Let You Down: What to Do Next

When Friends Let You Down: What to Do Next

When friends let you down, it’s normal to feel hurt and disappointed

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Handling Breakups

How To Break Up With A Friend: The Rules

How To Break Up With A Friend: The Rules

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to break up with a friend, here are some rules to help you navigate these murky waters. 

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Dumped Without Explanation: Is There Anything To Do?

Dumped Without Explanation: Is There Anything To Do?

A woman feels dumped without explanation by a close friend and wonders how to move on.

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Having No Friends

My Daughter Feels Like An Outcast At School: What Should I Do?

My Daughter Feels Like An Outcast At School: What Should I Do?

The effects of bullying and being treated like an outcast can be long-lasting. A mom wonders how she can help. 

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Blue Christmas: When Red and Green Make Blue

Blue Christmas: When Red and Green Make Blue

The last time I heard the words “Blue Christmas,” they were crooned by Elvis.

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Other Advice

How To Say No To A Friend: It’s Never Easy

How To Say No To A Friend: It’s Never Easy

Saying NO can unravel a friendship but sometimes there’s no way around it. Here are some basic tips on how to say NO to a friend.

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Not Just Friends Anymore: A Disappointed Co-Worker

Not Just Friends Anymore: A Disappointed Co-Worker

They’re not just friends anymore. A guy is disappointed by his co-worker and can’t imagine why she’s keeping him at a distance. 

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Recent Posts

5 Tips for Handling A Friend Who Talks Incessantly

5 Tips for Handling A Friend Who Talks Incessantly

Have you ever sat down for lunch with a friend who talks non-stop—without giving you the slightest chance to get a word in edgewise? You begin to feel like you turned on a TV set, helplessly trying to interact with a very boring re-run.

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A message from the Friendship Doctor on International Friendship Day

A message from the Friendship Doctor on International Friendship Day

This post about International Friendship Day is reprinted from the archives of The Friendship Blog.

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Feeling Left Out Of A Group Of Families

Feeling Left Out Of A Group Of Families

A woman winds up feeling left out of a multi-family friendship. While relationships like this one can be fulfilling, they are also far more complicated to maintain than ordinary friendships.

Published: July 13, 2022 | Last Updated: July 13, 2022 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading