The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: How to Be a Friend Edition

Over the last week or so, I’ve watched my children each struggling with friendships. What does it mean to be a friend? How should a friend treat you? How should you treat a friend? When should you end a friendship?

In one case, a new friendship is being built in a (somewhat) unexpected place. In another, a friendship seemed to be dissolving, but it turned out that looks were deceiving. In yet another, the idea of give and take that exists in any relationship was right at the surface.

One of the most powerful parts of being a parent is that, as you watch your children learn these lessons (and you help guide them through those lessons), you actually wind up reflecting quite a lot on your own relationships.

36 Lessons I’ve Learned About Habits Good stuff, especially considering that the most vital ingredient for success in life is breaking bad habits and building good ones. (@ zen habits)

The Habits We Most Want to Foster, or “The Essential Seven” I think these “essential seven” correspond quite deeply to the basic elements of almost everyone’s life. (@ happiness project)

Seven Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts I find that talking it out really helps me to clear my mind of negative thoughts. I usually don’t speak them out loud, but I do try to engage in an inner dialogue where I work through why I had that negative feeling. (@ pick the brain)

Finding the Road Out of Poverty I grew up in a state that many people would identify as poverty. There were good things about that and challenging things, too. (@ get rich slowly)

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