Due to circumstance, professional position or personal choice, we can find ourselves feeling alone, or carrying the burden of: “I’m the only one who can”…(fill in the situation).

Unfortunately, many of us (certainly me at an earlier age) fall prey to a pattern of thinking that tells us that it’s virtuous to shoulder great responsibility alone, and overcome challenges exclusively through personal fortitude. These unfortunate but common beliefs can linger for years, and take a toll on our health and outlook — but they need not.

Friends — of all sorts — particularly close, trusted friends, help us learn, face challenges, and thrive. The benefits of cultivating personal resilience notwithstanding, we live more fully — and are more healthy — by cultivating and sustaining friendships. This article and the book it references are an invaluable reminder about the benefits of friends.

Reach out to one today!

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