Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.
Whether you’re talking about a relationship with a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, co-worker, family member, or just a friend, you can apply the same basic principles. If you are good to your friends, you will likely be good in other relationships as well.
Being a good friend is important. You have to learn to think of others and be willing to put their needs ahead of your own, at least part of the time. And you should be able to expect the same of them.
To be a good friend doesn’t mean all giving and no getting in return. Indeed, if you find yourself in a relationship of any kind that is not mutually supportive, you should end it if possible, and quickly, as it can take a great toll on your well-being.
However, it is equally important that you don’t behave as that kind of “friend” as well. You owe it to yourself, and to society in general, to be a kind, caring person and to help others when you are in a position to do so. In return, you should reasonably expect the same from other human beings.
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