What to do when a friend is bringing you down – On WomensHealth.com

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April 25, 2013

by Alison Goldman

New research shows that negativity is contagious. Here’s how to stay in a happy place without ditching your pal..

“Just because you want to spend time with your friend does not mean you have to meet her for happy hour and listen to her complain about a problem—again…

“…She might be in a rut, ruminating and saying the same things over and over and over,” says Irene S. Levine, PhD, psychologist, friendship expert, and author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend. “So she might benefit from a bit of diversion.”

Levine suggests distracting her with an activity—going for a run or heading to the movies—which also gives you an out from an hours-long conversation in which you act as a therapist…

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