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With a little help from my friends
Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.-- Swedish proverb
Life's more fun when you can share it with friends. And it helps to have someone along on the ride when you're going through a hard time: dealing with a problem, living through loss, or experiencing depression or anxiety.
Good friends accept you as you are without judgment. Little things, like talking over a cup of coffee, can make you feel connected to them.
friend is someone who you like, respect, and trust, and who likes, respects
and trusts you. He/she is someone who gives you good advice when you ask
for it and works with you in difficult situations to figure out what to
Often, if you're struggling
with depression, you don't want to see people or go out, but that could
be just what you need to do to feel better.
"When I'm feeling down," says Suzanne M. "I don't want my friends to see me that way and I don't want to ruin their fun. I turn down a lot of invitations. Then I feel lonely, sorry for myself and even more depressed," she says. "But, when I do join them, I usually have a good time and feel refreshed for days afterward."
How can I make new friends?
makes a good friend?
Choose friends who have a positive attitude and enjoy life. It's contagious.
Work on having several friends so that someone is always available when you would like companionship or support. Try not to become dependent on one or two friends.
How can I keep friendships going?
What will you do this week to nurture a friendship?
Page updated September 1, 2010