Say This, Not That: 9 Tips for Being a Supportive Friend

The key to helping friends during tough times? Use empathy and avoid doling out advice.
May 11, 2017

Saying how you are feeling is a lot harder than telling somebody what to do. But it’s a far more vulnerable and trustworthy place to begin. When you really listen to your friend, you’ll hear something far more rewarding than the empty echo of your own brilliance.

Related: 3 Tips for Being a Good Sounding Board

We know this is going to feel super-hard. It will get easier over time. If you take nothing else away, remember this: Almost never, ever, dole out advice at all.

9 Strategies for Being a Supportive Friend

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