Nurturing friendships

How to maintain and enrich our bonds in a busy world
Have you ever put off a catch-up lunch or phone call with a good friend? Maybe a work meeting came up. Or your dog needed a trip to the vet. After all, friendships don’t provide a paycheck or carry parental duties. There’s no contract, as with marriage. The obligations we feel to our friends are often not as urgent. With friends, we have “the freedom to be independent and the freedom to be dependent,” said William Rawlins, Stocker Professor Emeritus at Ohio University, in an article on friendship in The Atlantic.

The best way to have a good friend is to be one. We tend to attract people with similar qualities and values.