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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    19 Perfectly Thoughtful Ways to Maintain Long-Distance Friendships

    When you’re miles apart but close at heart, make distance feel shorter with these easy tips.


    Are You a Judgmental Person? 11 Ways to Stop Being So Judgy

    Replace those criticisms with compassion and open-mindedness.


    He Was a Gangster. She Was His Prosecutor. Now Their Unlikely Friendship Is Changing Lives.

    DeQuandre Davis was doomed to a cycle of gang violence. Then everything changed.


    Feeling Lonely? 17 Little Things You Can Do to Connect With Others

    Loneliness can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, not to mention the mental and...


    The Most Annoying Dining Habits, According to Science

    That’s it, you insist. Your friend has ruined a night out for the last time! But before you make a...


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    9 Annoying Email Habits You Have, According to Science

    Research reveals which email habits annoy your friends and coworkers the most. These email etiquette rules will prevent yours from...


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    27 Classic Children’s Book Quotes Every Adult Needs To Hear

    "All grown-ups were once children... but only a few of them remember it."


    9 Things All Good Listeners Do During Daily Conversations

    Communication is crucial in this high-stress, high-speed, and high-tech world. Sometimes amid all that’s going on, we forget to really...

    5 ‘Helpful’ Comments You Should Probably Erase From Your Vocabulary

    Do your depressed cousin or unemployed friend a favor: Leave these gems of advice unsaid.


    “I Need a Book Club:” A Writer’s Hilarious Pursuit of Friendship

    Making friends as an adult ain't so easy, as one writer discovers on her search for the book club of...


    How a Boy and His Telephone Operator Formed a Lovely, Lasting Friendship

    In this Reader's Digest Classic, originally published in 1966 as "The Voice in the Box," a little boy forges a...


    Ari & the Cello Chair

    A chance encounter with a music teacher filled me with passion and purpose.


    Mindy Kaling’s Advice to Teens: Please Don’t Peak in High School

    Almost no one who was a big star in high school is a big star later in life, Mindy Kaling...


    Feeding a Friendship: How a Simple Homemade Meal Forged a Bond I’ll Never Forget

    For one woman homesick in a new city, a comforting chat over a thoughtful meal helped warm the soul.


    My Family Abandoned Me. Then A Stranger’s Simple Kindness Changed My Life

    In a random act of kindness, strangers turned around one writer's awful day by lifting her suitcase up the stairs...


    Why We Need Friends to Help Us Move

    Moving can be emotionally draining, but friends can provide the needed support.

    The “Lost Boy” Who Built a Family

    One of the lost boys of Sudan, Peter Ter came to America with nothing—except a remarkable gift for turning strangers...


    Uncommon Sense: “Tell My Friend about Her Bridesmaid’s Bad Behavior?”

    Give your best advice! Write your best answer to this problem in the comments below, and we might use your...


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    Ridiculous Trend: Sorority Rush Consultants

    When I saw this recent New York Times story about a growing industry of college sorority rush consultants, I had


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    Friend Me: How Adults Can Make and Keep Friends

    Why is it so tough to get new pals, and how can we be happy with the ones we have?...


    Six-Word Memoirs on Friendship

    Shorter than tweets and small enough to swallow whole, these six-word memoirs say it all

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    Are You Really Being a Good Listener?

    Find out three guidelines to being a good friend.



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    How to Split the Check

    Why let dinner with friends take an awkward turn as soon as the check comes? Here are the basic rules...


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    How to Reconnect With Loved Ones

    When life gets busy, it’s easy to forget to take the time to slow down and connect with the people


    Are You Suffering From Facebook Envy?

    When you log in to Facebook and see all your friends having a great time can you really believe what...


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    5 Ideas for Dates With Friends

    I love my friends and I love going out to eat. So it’s only natural that when I want to