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Last week we looked at the importance of regular contact with our friends, asking questions and listening intently. This week we explore what role empathy, support, thoughtfulness and expressing your feelings play in developing strong friendships.

 

4. Empathise

 

It’s important that our friends feel understood. Actively listening improves our understanding of our friends reasoning but we also need to imagine how we would feel if we were in their situation, we need to see things from their perspective.

 

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