Tim Brown and André Jermaine graced the cover of the vol. 12 of our printed edition. We are pleased to feature their editorial “Friendship”.

Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health.

Discover how to promote and maintain healthy friendships.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Understand the importance of friendships in your life and what you can do to develop and nurture friendships.  While it’s good to cultivate a diverse network of friends and acquaintances, you also want to nurture a few truly close friends who will be there for you through thick and thin.  Quality counts more than quantity.

To nurture your friendships:

  • Be kind. This most-basic behavior remains the core of successful, adult relationships. Think of friendship as an emotional bank account. Every act of kindness and every expression of gratitude are deposits into this account, while criticism and negativity draw down the account.
  • Listen up. Ask what’s going on in your friends’ lives. Let the other person know you are paying close attention through eye contact, body language and occasional brief comments such as, “That sounds fun.” When friends share details of hard times or difficult experiences, be empathetic, but don’t give advice unless your friends ask for it.
  • Open up. Build intimacy with your friends by opening up about yourself. Being willing to disclose personal experiences and concerns shows that your friend holds a special place in your life, and deepens your connection.
  • Show that you can be trusted. Being responsible, reliable and dependable is key to forming strong friendships. Keep your engagements and arrive on time. Follow through on commitments you’ve made to your friends. When your friends share confidential information, keep it private.

Investing time in strengthening your friendships can pay off in better health and a brighter outlook for years to come!

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. Hubert H. Humphrey

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Thomas Aquinas

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

The only way to have a friend is to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. Charles Darwin

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success! Doug Larson

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. Mencius

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you have one true friend you have more than your share. Thomas Fuller

 In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer

A friend is a gift you give yourself. Robert Louis Stevenson

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. Khalil Gibran

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports. Richard Burton

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. Henry Ford

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

Friendship is a wildly underrated medication. Anna Deavere Smith

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”– Mark Twain

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”– Woodrow T. Wilson

“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”– Unknown

“A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.“ – Lois Wyse

“A friend is someone who makes it easy to believe in yourself.”– Heidi Wills

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”– Khalil Gibran

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”– William Shakespeare

“I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.”– Robert Brault

“Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend.”– Bill Watterson

“If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.”– S.E. Hinton

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Model: TIM BROWN @Timbrownatl

Model: ANDRE’ JERMAINE @Wildone3000

Photographer: PARIS STEWARD @Talltowerphotography

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