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Being open to friendships

When was the last time you made a friend? Perhaps this person came into your life unexpectedly, yet the relationship blossomed as you were open to letting them in. As we get older these occurrences can be less likely, as people tend to establish friendship groups in their late teens and twenties and then feel they don’t “need” any more friends. We might feel too busy to get to know someone new or unsure how to even meet potential pals.

“Many of us go through stages in life where our focus and energy for our friendships fluctuate,” says counsellor and psychotherapist Wendy Gilroy. “When we’re young, we’re surrounded by friends so much of the time. Friends help shape who

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