A Friend in Need

A Friend in Need

Real friends are there in the bad times as well as the good. Here's how to support a friend who's suffering. Cover Image: Shutterstock

How Good Relationships Can Make You Stronger

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D.
A new review of social support research shows how relationships help us flourish

Don't You Dare Say These Things To Your Grieving Friend

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D.
These cliches sound helpful, but help no one.

What Are Friends For? Views from Single and Married Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Friendship in the context of life

Five Tips for Maintaining Lifelong Friends

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D.
... including the most important quality of a good friend.

Are You Good at Comforting Others?

By Nancy Berns Ph.D.
How we can teach children and others to comfort

A New Understanding of Compassionate Empathy

By Mark B. Borg, Jr., Ph.D, Grant H. Brenner, MD, and Daniel Berry, RN, MHA
Is Compassionate Empathy Something That We Create And Maintain Together?

"Calm Down." What to Say to Your Anxious Friend

By Sarah Fader
People often tell you to "calm down" when you're anxious. It's not helpful.

Of Oscars, Orangutans & Oxytocin, Friendship Tales

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
From humans to fruit bats, you gotta have girlfriends

Be Helpful

By Rick Hanson Ph.D.
Do not underestimate the impact of a small deed.

What Those With Chronic Pain or Illness DO Want to Hear

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Here’s what the chronically ill wish you’d say to them.

4 Ways to Be a Good Friend During a Friend's Breakup

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D.
Follow these tips to provide healing space without judgment.

10 Ways to Be and Have a Best Friend

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D.
A best friend is "a therapist you can drink with," and much more.

6 Ways to Strengthen Your Best Friendships

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D.
Expert ideas to connect with the people you most want to spend time with