We have an opportunity in life to make every second fantastic, and it starts with you and your friends. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people, and you will immediately see the quality of your life expand.
Often, we find ourselves inadvertently repeating the habitual relational patterns of our family of origin. Being aware of this can allow us the space to make different decisions about how we want to be. But it's hard work. Old emotional ties can make this a sticky process.
A relationship doesn't have to be romantic to fall into the "toxic" category. Many friendships, including mother-daughter and boss-employee qualify. If someone is bringing you down consistently, chances are that your relationship with him is toxic.