We might count our Facebookfriends in the hundreds; buttrue friends, as the saying goes“are precious and rare.” Goodfriendships, whether virtualor real world, offer mutualtrust and support. Here arefour characteristics of goodfriendships:
• Friends will tell you whatyou may not want to hear—
Understanding healthy relationships
If you are in a healthy relationship,you’ll probably live a longer, happier lifethan those who aren’t. Each healthyrelationship has unique ingredients,but they all share love, respect, caringand happiness.
“People must have the space to haveindependent thoughts and to expressthemselves,” says Anita Harder of theCalgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.
“Be concerned if you feel an unhealthy
element of power or control from a partner
or a parent (or someone else) that is
intended to hurt or belittle you.”
In a healthy relationship, she says, you
have friends inside and outside of the
relationship. When you disagree, you feel
free to express yourself and respect each
other’s opinions. “Dignity is a big part of
Alberta Community and Social Services’
24-hour helpline can help with relationship
issues in more than 170 languages. Call
310-1818 toll-free and tell the operator
what help you need.
See Alberta Comunity and
Social Services’ healthyrelationships information sheetat facebook.com/applemag.ca.
VVirtual or real: true friendships are precious because it’s in your best interests • Friends won’t ask you to compromise your principles foryour friendship, or anything else
• They inspire you to live upto your potential, and not toindulge your weaknesses
• They allow you to be yourauthentic self.