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THE JOY OF low-maintenance FRIENDS

If you’re a regular swimmer or dog walker, a local shopper or seasoned visitor to your favourite café, you’ve probably made some low-stakes, casual friends – people you meet without planning, who share a lighthearted chat or a cheery hello that brightens your day and makes you feel noticed and cared for.

The low-stakes friendship is both fleeting and intimate; advice is shared and troubles are told, but there is no commitment or expectation. It’s

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