Relationships - Friendships

Once you’re an adult, advice about friendships can start to take second fiddle to dating and parenting advice—and we think that’s just too bad! Friendships are just as important to adults as they are to children, and maintaining healthy friendships can be a major source of happiness. We’ve got some advice, quotes, and general expert know-how to help you do just that, no matter how old you are.

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8 Remarkable Stories of the Most Unlikely Friendships

Would you pal around with your spouse’s ex? Or buddy up to someone who put 
a foot in your face? These readers did—
and found lifelong companions.

50 Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts to Celebrate the Friends You Love

Your significant other isn't the only one who deserves some love on Valentine's Day. Here's what to get the other...


Galentine’s Day: How a Made-Up Holiday Became a Celebration of Female Friendships

Galentine's Day might have to be done over Zoom this year, but it's still all about ladies celebrating ladies. And...


Rose Color Meanings: 15 Hues and What They Symbolize

Don't place that flower order without reading this first! From friendship to passion, here's what every rose color actually signifies.


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65 Best Friend Gifts for Every Type of Friend

You two share everything...except your shopping list. Surprise your bestie with these perfect presents that fit any budget.

My Best Friend Scammed Me Out of $92,000, Forcing Me into Bankruptcy

She swindled me out of $92,000, forcing me into bankruptcy and destroying my once sunny outlook. But I finally...


I Befriended My Childhood Bully 30 Years Later

I thought she was out of my life forever—then she married my cousin.

I Broke Up with My Best Friend Because We Couldn’t Agree on Black Lives Matter

This cause is simply too important to just "agree to disagree," even to keep an old friendship.


It Took Me 34 Years to Realize I Was Racist

But wait—I have a black friend!


My White Friends Want to Help—Here’s What I Tell Them

Being a better anti-racist requires a good heart and a tough exterior.


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16 Things We’re All Looking Forward to Once Social Distancing Ends

Real-people share stories about what they're most looking forward to doing after self-quarantine restrictions finally let up.

25 Care Packages We’re Sending to Friends Who Are Stuck at Home

If someone in your life could use a smile right now, we’ve got a few ideas.


How Being a Girl Scout Saved My Life

Their tight-knit Buddy System was a literal life-saver.


I Was a Girl Scout—Here’s the Most Useful Thing I Learned

Girl Scouts gave me a way to always feel at home, no matter where I moved.


A Muslim Exchange Student and a Christian Girl from Texas Became Inseparable Friends. Then the Unthi...

Sabika was a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan. Jaelyn was 
a homeschooled Christian. 
Somehow, they became inseparable—until the unthinkable happened.


How This Boomer Made Peace with Traveling with Millennials

It's better to build bridges than clash over differences, especially when you're the only boomer on the bus.

Are Crossed Arms Rude? 8 Secrets Your Body Language Reveals About You

Body language is a form of nonverbal communication, and whether you (or they!) know it, other people are always reading...


How One Fan Became Such Good Friends with Charles Barkley That the Basketball Star Even Attended His...

An NBA star, an immigrant scientist, 
and a friendship no one believed.


20 Things You’re Probably Blaming on Millennials—But Shouldn’t

You'd think millennials were responsible for everything! Here's why some of the country's recent trends aren't their fault—or why they've...


Here’s How a 78-Year-Old Gambler Brought One Woman Humanity

An unlikely friendship teaches one woman the importance of taking a chance on others.


The Best Self-Care Gifts for a Friend in Need of Pampering

When your BFF needs a little TLC, choose one of these thoughtful presents that's sure to promote relaxation, boost self-awareness,...


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12 Etiquette Rules You Must Follow When Traveling with Friends

Follow this advice to make sure you end the trip still friends with each other.


How Does Facebook’s “Snooze” Button Work?

Finally! Your timeline will never look the same again.


12 Simple Ways to Make Friends as an Adult

The quality of a person's friendships can make or break their life, adding to feelings of happiness, and providing health...

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5 Types of Toxic Co-Workers and How to Deal with Them

For most, working in an office can offer a pleasant, exciting, and motivating path to a successful career. However, sometimes...


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11 Little Etiquette Rules All Bridesmaids Should Agree to Follow

There's a lot more to being a bridesmaid than wearing a pretty dress and standing behind the bride. Nowadays, bridesmaids...


First-of-Its-Kind Study Reveals Who Gossips the Most—And How Often

Everyone gossips, but for how many hours a day on average?


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The Real Reason You and Your Friends Look So Much Alike

There's an actual reason why you and your friends look alike, and it's not just because you share the same...


22 Heartwarming Stories of True Friendship That Will Make You Call Your Bestie

If you’re lucky, you’ll find one person who brightens your day, lends an ear, and inspires you. RD readers share...


10 Things You Should Never Say to a Widow

It’s easy to blurt out the wrong thing when trying to comfort a mourner. Whatever you do, avoid these awkward,...