The 3 Things You Need For a Healthy Friendship

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The 3 Things You Need For a Healthy Friendship

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I went on a “Friendship First Date” last week, as I’m trying to make a new friend or two.  My fiance Andy and I feel like we have a lot of acquaintances, but only 2 or so friends.  Those 2 friends are great, but we just feel like we have a little more room at our table, so to speak. With that in mind, I came across this thing about 3 things you should look for in a friendship.  And I’m thinking these 3 things could be used to sort of take inventory of the friendships you already have… like are they serving you?  Are they healthy? 

 

So, here are the 3 things you need for a healthy friendship:

1) Positivity -- The friendship should feel good. It should bring more reward than pain.  In fact, to maintain healthy relationships, it takes 5 positive interactions to counterbalance a single negative one. 

2) Consistency -- Relationships need regular interaction and time spent together to help create a pattern of building memories. 

3) Vulnerability --  Friendships need vulnerable sharing to get to know each other’s stories, hearts, and minds.  If a friendship doesn’t feel good or just feels a little off… it could be that it’s lacking one of those 3 items… positivity, consistency, or vulnerability.

 

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In addition to hosting mornings on B105.7, Sean Copeland is studying to be a relationship therapist.

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