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How to Make Friends

Can You Learn How to Make Friends as an Adult? Shasta Nelson Says Yes

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 03.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sarah Cunningham

"While it may be scary to practice forgiveness, to open ourselves up to love, or to risk triggering our insecurities -- our friendships are the health clubs for our personal growth, helping us build those muscles and develop the skills that will bring joy, peace, and love into our lives."

A Guide To Making Friends As A Grown Woman

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.26.2015 | Women

If it feels like you're making fewer and fewer friends as you cruise through adulthood, that's because it's probably true. A depressing 2013 review of...

Jillian Capewell

Why This Mom Is Helping Other Moms Find Each Other | Jillian Capewell | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents

Hillary Frank calls the origins of the parenting-centered podcast she hosts “a selfish endeavor.” Today, it feels a strange descriptor for a p...

The 5 Types Of Friends Worth Keeping Forever

Shelley Emling | Posted 05.07.2016 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

It's an interesting process, reaching such a level of self-awareness that you finally realize which friendships deserve tending -- and which are a drag. So what kinds of friends do I want to hang onto?

Why Female Friends Are So Important For Older Women

Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole | Posted 05.04.2016 | Fifty
Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole

By far the most powerful message imparted in our 70Candles conversation groups has been the importance of other women in the lives of our participants. Women emphasized over and over again the strength they receive through their ties to other women.

10 Steps to Starting Friendships

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

As I've been focused on what it means to deepen friendships, it reminded me today that I also need to keep talking about how to start friendships! If you're in a place where you need to be gathering up people to befriend, then here's a quick list of my best advice for creating new friendships!

7 Ways To Make Mom Friends, Or How To Be The Weird Mom

Wendy Bradford | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

I have found that "#$@%, I was close to putting the kids out on the street with nothing but a bag of Oreos this morning," weeds out the women who can't stomach cursing or hyperbole. (This also weeds out moms who will judge your breakfast food choices.)

Should Convictions About Friendship Be Listed Among Christians' Essential Beliefs?

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

It's my contention that faith should take us deeper into the experience of friendship... and show us more of God. And I believe the suggestion that friendship ranks among the most important beliefs of the faith is present everywhere we find faith -- in our Scriptures, in our tradition, in our logic, in our experience.

An Awesome Life Lesson From My Son With Down Syndrome: Friends and New Beginnings

John M. Simmons | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

In Jack's mind, you never lose friends, you just don't see them outside of your own mind as much as you used to. And to my son, that is the beauty of life. You just keep adding more and more friends. It never ends!

Want Better Friendships? Be a Better Friend!

Janis Kupferer | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Janis Kupferer

I'd like to offer a bit more "classical" advice with some time-tested and sage counsel from the scholars. Socrates, Aristotle, and even Cicero (renaissance fellow that he was), all had pretty clear and relatively consistent ideas about what constitutes a friend.

The Playground Skill I Want to Learn From My 4-Year-Old

Mark Joyella | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Mark Joyella

In the space of an hour, my daughter was able to do effortlessly what I never -- as a child, or as an adult -- have been able to pull off: painlessly making friends.

4 Steps to Make Friends in a New City

Janis Kupferer | Posted 07.22.2014 | Women
Janis Kupferer

Moving to a new city or town can be very difficult and can absolutely put a wrinkle in your social calendar.

Introvert Finds Interesting Way To Make New Friends

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living

Introverts often express anxiety about large group settings like cocktail parties, but according to one expert, they're actually the best conversation...

Who's My Best Friend?

Janelle Brandon | Posted 10.12.2013 | Women
Janelle Brandon

Sometimes, I don't feel motherly enough, childless enough, married enough, single enough or career-driven enough to meet up with someone that I haven't seen in awhile.

On Friendship

Kris Evans | Posted 09.29.2013 | Women
Kris Evans

have many acquaintances, but not many friends. I meet a lot of people in my work and although I enjoy them, I find I don't cultivate friendships like I use to do when I was younger.

Where Did All Our Friends Go?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.27.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

As your kids age, your friendship circle morphs to school families or the other sports team or drama club parents. And when that period ends and your kids leave the nest, you are left with... well, frequently not much.

Dr. Irene Levine With Marlo Thomas (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | Home

Friendships can be such a rewarding part of our lives -- our friends provide comfort, encouragement, companionship and so much more. Some friendships ...

You're Not Alone: Needing and Making New Friends As an Adult

Andrea Bonior | Posted 05.14.2013 | Women
Andrea Bonior

Whether it's because you've undergone a life transition that made you grow apart from old friends -- a relocation, a job change, a divorce, a marriage, becoming a parent -- or whether you've just recognized that many of your friendships have gradually faded (or worse, become toxic), you're never alone if you're looking to make new friendships.

7 Ways To Make New Friends In Midlife

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.19.2012 | Fifty

A new study suggests loneliness is a significant factor in our overall health and well-being. According to a recently published report in the Archives...

First Impression Fears

Liz Hastings | Posted 06.24.2012 | Parents
Liz Hastings

Why would I bring up my thoughts on religion, gun control or capital punishment immediately after showing her our wine collection?

One Simple Thing To Make People Like You

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Do you want to know the one thing that will make every single one of your relationships significantly better? It's easy. If you think a kind thought, say it. Out loud.

Four Different Friendships, Four Similar Themes

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 09.14.2011 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

We often hold up childhood friends as the ideal friendship. Rather, it's frequently the people we meet along the way that can foster the bonds with us that feel most substantial.

The Geography Of Friendship

Rachel Bertsche | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachel Bertsche

A dinner guest had a fabulous theory for testing out whether a city is generally friendly or not: "You can tell by whether or not other girls talk to you while you wait in line for the restroom." I love this. It's a brilliant barometer.

Is Social Networking Destroying Our Social Lives?

Joe Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

There's no doubt you meet some great folks online, as I have, but the social animal needs to connect more than superficially with others of the tribe.

Friendship In Adulthood: What Do You Look For?

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

Even if you know what you're looking for in a friend, how do you find those friends when you're starting from scratch? And even if they're out there... will you take the time out of your busy life to "date" them?