A-Z Summer Friendship List
Apologize – Say you’re sorry when you mess up. Balance – Balance your time wisely between friends and responsibilities. Cool – Cool down your temper by deep breathing or walking away. Dream – Dream about how you want your friendships to be. Encourage – Encourage someone when they are feeling down or afraid. Feel – Feel your emotions instead of stuffing them inside. Give – Give of yourself. someone who could use help. Humble – Be humble when you are complimented on an accomplishment. Integrate – When someone wants to join you, integrate them into your group. Judge – Judge friendships on your own experience, not by someone’s opinion. Kick – Kick a habit that interferes with your friendships. Laugh – Find someone who makes you laugh.Laughter = friendship magic! Manage – Manage your commitments and do what you have promised. Negotiate – Negotiate a compromise in a friendship disagreement. Oppose – Oppose actions that purposely hurt another. Praise – Praise someone’s accomplishments. Quit – Quit a friendship that doesn’t feel good. Relate – Find a way to relate to someone who is different than you. Start – Start a new friendship. Team – Team up with others to have fun. Understand – Try to understand an opinion different than yours. Value – Value others who make you feel good about yourself. Wonder – Wonder about what makes a good friend. X – X out the negative attitude. No one loves a grump. Yield – Yield to your friends now and then to share decision-making. Zip – Zip your lips when you feel like repeating words that hurt.
With permission from Jane Balvanz, MSE, RPT “A Way Through”
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