There’s a reason humans are a social species. Evolutionarily, our survival depended on our friends having our back. As a result, we’re so sensitive to this idea of belonging, we’re hard-wired to avoid being excluded. In modern days, women continue to face different challenges than men, and this bond is ever more critical. In fact, a Harvard Business Review study found that women simply do better when they have a strong circle of friends around them. They are more likely to hold executive positions, and more likely to have higher pay. And the benefits don’t stop there. Whether it’s laughing silly during a low-key night in, celebrating key milestones, or stepping up for each other during life’s hardships, here’s how to nurture your own wolfpack.
Be willing to be vulnerable
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Be trustworthy and reliable
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Offer honest advice and practical support
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Invest time in your friends
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Show appreciation for what your friendships offers you
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When issues emerge, talk them out
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Keep your bestie’s best interest at heart
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Continue investing in yourself
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Don’t gossip or badmouth
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Don’t be judgemental
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Don’t overtax your friendships
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Forgo the self-serving agenda
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Know when it’s time to walk away
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