Friendship

A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway.


group_of_happy_women_laughing_and_smiling_fan2004798.jpgWhat is "Friendship"?
The value of friendship is often the result of friends consistently demonstrating the following:
▪ To desire what is best for the other
▪ Sympathy and empathy
▪ Honesty, even in situations where it may be difficult for others to speak the truth
▪ Mutual understanding and compassion; ability to go to each other for emotional support
▪ Enjoyment of each other's company
▪ Trust in one another
▪ Positively strong, deep, close reciprocity, mutuality — equal give-and-take
▪ The ability to be oneself, express one's feelings and make mistakes without fear of judgement
▪ Mutual repect
▪ Pride in each others achievements Read more about the culture of friendship in other societies ...
 




friends_mad_at_each_other.jpgBut when you realize that the friendship is no longer working ... As we move through life, we evolve (hopefully), and the friendships we made in in the past may no longer fit who we are now. If you're lucky, you've both grown together and have stayed on a similar path - like a good marriage - but many friendships have a lifespan and when they're past their prime can become stifling, annoying, toxic, depressing ... 
If you find yourself constantly making excuses not to see them, then it's time to reevaluate the friendship.
Read more ...


 
Decline of friendships in the U.S.
According to a study documented in the June 2006 issue of the journal American Sociological Review, Americans are thought to be suffering a loss in the quality and quantity of close friendships since at least 1985. The study states that 25% of Americans have no close confidants and that the average total number of confidants per person has dropped from four to two. Facebook, texting instead of talking, and other social networking sites have further added to this decline.
Think about it ... 332 Facebook "friends". Is this what friendship has declined to? 

 
  
 

dog_friends.jpgB.F.F. 

Lily was puppy in Shrewsbury, U.K., when she was struck down by a condition that caused her eyelashes to grow into her eyeballs, damaging them beyond repair. At the time, she was living with seven-year-old Great Dane, Maddison. Maddison knew instantly that Lily was blind and took her under her wing.
Since then, the two have been inseparable:
‘Maddison is Lily’s guide dog. If they are out and about, for the majority of the time Maddison will lead and Lily will walk nearly touching her so she knows where to go. It’s lovely to watch. "
 
 
 

Best Friends Forever
teaches women to stop blaming themselves and probing the wounds, and that the sad experience of a broken friendship can make them stronger people, and more able to handle their relationships with wisdom.

In When Friendship Hurts, Jan Yager, recognized internationally as a leading expert on friendship, explores what causes friendships to falter and explains how to mend them -- or end them.

Heart Warming Friendship Between a Goat and a Horse

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