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How To Choose Healthy Friendships that lift you up

Friendships play an important role in our lives. They provide us with emotional support, a sense of belonging, and the opportunity to share experiences and ideas with others. It is important to choose healthy friendships that enrich our lives and contribute positively to our overall happiness and health. However, not all friendships are equal, and some can have a negative impact on our well-being. In my life, relationships, specifically friendships, have been a make-or-break situation. My lived experiences have taught me to be clear and careful when choosing my friends.

Here are some lessons I've learned along the way for choosing healthy friendships:

1. Look for shared values and interests

One of the keys to a healthy friendship is finding someone who shares your values and interests. When you have things in common, it is easier to connect and build a strong bond. If you like to spend 3 days in church per week, it's probably not a good idea to choose a friend who likes to hit the club 4 times a week. Look for people who share your passions, hobbies, and beliefs. This will help ensure that you have a solid foundation for your friendship.

2. Seek out positive people

Our mindset and what we focus on can have a significant impact on our mental health and well-being. When you surround yourself with positive people, you are more likely to feel happier, more confident, and less stressed. Seek out people who have a positive outlook on life, who are supportive and encouraging, and who bring out the best in you. This does not mean ignoring tough life circumstances or stuffing down negative emotions.

3. Avoid toxic people

Toxic people can drain your energy and negatively impact your mental health. Avoid people who are negative, critical, or judgmental. These people may be constantly complaining, blaming others for their problems, or engaging in drama and gossip. If someone is consistently bringing you down, or in the center of conflict with others, it may be time to reevaluate the friendship.

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4. Build trust

Trust is a crucial component of any healthy relationship, including friendships. Trust involves being honest, reliable, and consistent. Look for friends who are trustworthy and who value honesty and integrity. Ensure that you and those closest to you share the same definition of said words, as we all have different baselines. When you have a strong foundation of trust, you can rely on your friends to be there for you when you need them.

5. Communicate openly

Effective communication is essential in any friendship. Look for friends who are willing to listen to you, express themselves openly, and who are willing to work through conflicts in a respectful and constructive way. When you can communicate openly and honestly with your friends, you are more likely to build a deeper, more meaningful friendship.

6. Respect boundaries

Everyone has their own boundaries and limitations. Respect your friend's boundaries, and make sure they respect yours as well. Be clear about your expectations and communicate your boundaries clearly. When you respect each other's boundaries, you can build a healthier and more positive friendship.

In conclusion, healthy friendships are essential for our well-being. When we surround ourselves with positive, supportive, and trustworthy people, we can experience greater happiness, less stress, and a greater sense of belonging. By following these tips for choosing healthy friendships, you can build deeper, more meaningful connections with the people in your life.

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