Everyone worries about making friends even though they may look confident. Some people have lots of friends - others are happy with one or two. If you feel you don’t have any it can be very lonely. It is also very common for friends to fall out. 


True friends don’t…

Post pictures on social media to purposely make a friend feel left out. 

Threaten to end the friendship unless you do as they please.

Spread gossip about friend even when they have made them angry.

True friends do…

Like the real you. You don’t need to sacrifice your integrity in order to “fit” in with the crowd. If they don’t like you for who you are, the friendship was not meant to be.

Treat other people with the kindness and respect.

Focus on the quality of your friendship rather than the quantity of friends. Having a friendship with one or two loving friends is much more valuable than having twenty friends you can’t trust.


Tips…

  • Stay away from social media when you are angry. Your anger may not last, but what you say in your posts will never go away. You may gain virtual friends on social media, but you can also lose the real ones this way.
  • Spend time with people because they are kind to you, not just because they are popular with others.
  • You can educate your friends about healthy choices, but the only person you can control is yourself.
  • If you are upset with your friend, talk to your friend about whatever it is that is bothering you rather than talking about your friend to others.
  • Find more websites with tips and advice on friendships on our Digital Resources page.