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In the Media – The Friendship Cull: Taking Stock of Friendships (Stylist)

Published: August 20, 2016 | Last Updated: August 21, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

August 1, 2016

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It’s important to periodically take stock of and, as tough as it can be, cull your friendships, says Amy Lewis writing on Stylist. She writes:

In their frequently cited 2008 study, Dynamic Spread of Happiness in a Large Social Network, professors James H Fowler and Nicholas A Christakis explore the ‘contagious’ nature of happiness, and the ways in which the positivity of our friends holds huge sway over own moods.

In essence, happy friends tend to make us happy and being with unhappy people diminishes our own sense of happiness.

Lewis also quotes The Friendship Doctor:

Of course, that’s not to say we should distance ourselves immediately from friends who are having a rough time. Far from it.

But it does indicate that where a friendship has turned perennially sour, it’s vital we take time to assess why, and whether or not it can return to the source of nourishment it once was.

If the answer is ‘no, it can’t’, that’s okay, confirms Irene S. Levine, a psychologist, friendship expert and founder of The Friendship Blog.

Click here to read the Stylist article in its entirety.

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