Nuture your Friendships to Improve your health
Thursday - March24 , 2011 Filed in: Spirit
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There is some sad news for friendships in this era. A 2006 study from Duke University and the University of Arizona showed that Americans have almost one-third fewer confidants than they did in the 1980s, and that ties are more family based. Another disheartening statistic was that there are now twice as many people who report not having any close friends to share their problems with.
Lowering your expectations of your friends seems counterintuitive at first, but the truth is that good friends understand dropped calls. When our tunnel vision causes us to insist on standards of behavior from our friends we often miss the gift that is being offered. True friends rejoice at one another.
Today take the time to rejoice in your friends. Make that connection and tell them exactly what makes them a good friend for you and what you appreciate about them.