The best kind of friends give compassionate, generous advice in times of need. They bring over a bottle of wine and reassure you that your ex or that temp job wasn’t so great anyway ― or they simply remind you that things will get better eventually.
“[A good friend] is continually telling us that our specific case might be unique but that the general structure is common; people don’t just sometimes fail, everyone fails, only we don’t know about it,” he says. “It’s ironic, yet essentially hopeful, that we usually know quite well how to be a better friend to near strangers than we know how to be to ourselves.”
Watch the video to learn how to be a much more caring friend to yourself.