It's 2019: Here Are the New Friendship Rules You Need to Live By
Girls' Life magazine|October/November 2019
It's 2019: Here Are the New Friendship Rules You Need to Live By
Hi, it’s your how-to-make-friends survival guide!
Robin Van Tan

Some bestie bylaws are forever: Don’t lie, don’t steal—and don’t even think about talking behind your friend’s back. But others could use a refresher (Insta didn't exist when the Golden Rule was, er, inscribed).

Research shows that having friends in your life (whether a whole gaggle or just a few close ones) is a major factor in staying happy and healthy. But with everyone being super busy and, yeah, focused on their phones, it can be hard to *truly* connect. Teens are hanging out with their friends face-to-face less than ever before—and, as a result, many feel lonely or left out.

Whether you’re hoping to reach out to new pals or be closer with the ones you have, here's how to boost *all* of your friendships.

OLD RULE

TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED

NEW RULE

FRIENDSHIP IS A BACK AND FORTH

Yep, it’s great to be generous, but be sure your besties are showing you just as much love as you show them. Being too giving means you'll be bending over backward to help— and not always getting the same treatment in return. Ouch.

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October/November 2019