Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

“Fair Weather Friends”

Nobody wants “fair weather friends.” Fair weather friends are like our shadow.  As long as there is sunshine, they stick close by, but the minute we step into the shade, they disappear. We need true or “foul weather friends” who love us regardless of circumstances and seek to cultivate mutual acceptance and respect. Mary Hughes is quoted as saying, “A friend is the first person who comes in when the whole world has gone out.”  Here are some practical suggestions to help establish such a meaningful and lasting relationship. 

  1. Accept your friend as they are
  2. Listen attentively and with interest to what your friend is saying
  3. Express approval and give compliments when they are due
  4. Be sensitive to your friend’s needs and where you can help
  5. Include your friend in some of your activities
  6. Invest yourself through expressing your own feelings
  7. Allow your friend to give to you and do things for you
  8. Accept your friend as they are without trying to change or reform them

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