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Eight Ways to be a Better Friend Being a friend isnt just something that we do Its a skill that we can learn and improve upon Here eight ways to be a better friend Number One Like yourself The first step in having a good relationship with a friend is to have a good relationship with yourself When we genuinely like ourselves we become more attractive to other people We have more to offer others because we are not constantly focused on our own image and reputation We become better friends because we dont cling We are secure enough to spend time with a friend because we want to not because we need to And relax--the journey to self-acceptance is life long Practice it in small steps along the way Number Two Choose wisely Relationships among true friends take a steady dose of time and energy--two resources in limited supply for all of us Identify the friends with whom you wish to create a closer bond Its perfectly okay if not all of your acquaintances make the list The closeness of your connections is far more important than the length of your guest lists Number Three Make the time Friends are important in many ways--so much so that these relationships often take on a life of their own You owe it to yourself and to your friends to make these relationships a priority Carve out some quality time for one another Number Four Make the first move This is where I have trouble and I know Im not alone If you want to improve your relationships put your fear of rejection aside and start taking more risks Invite your friends to lunch Organize a new playgroup Invite them over for dinner Too often we fail to follow up with our friends Dont miss out - just make the first phone call Your friends are just
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