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Offers a unique approach to becoming a better friend to find better friendships.

We know that our friendships increase our happiness, our health, and our longevity, yet people in the US have fewer close confidantes today than we did three decades ago. Even though there’s a huge amount of information in the media discussing these relationships, and our social media feeds run 24/7, most of us haven’t come up with a constructive approach to friendship. But learning to be a better friend is the first step to acquiring and cultivating better, more rewarding friendships.  

At her own birthday celebration, Glenda Shaw found herself questioning the friends and the friendships there to help her. It dawned on her that she did not feel truly connected to most of them. Something felt terribly wrong. She realized that what she shared with her birthday guests was proximity: They worked together, they lived close to each other, they went to the same networking events and movies. There were, however, other friends with whom she shared more fundamental qualities: the disposition of being encouraging to people, an attitude of looking for purpose in life, a spirit of adventure. Those were the friendships that meant something, the ones that felt truly deep and real.  

Friendship is voluntary; it’s not legally binding; and it usually has no economic consequences. Yet, friendship, true friendship, is important and comes with challenges the can make or break a relationship.  

Each chapter of Better You, Better Friends: A Whole New Approach to Friendship explores and addresses a particular kind of challenge - envy, money, honesty - and discusses ways to overcome them or to know when to bow out of a relationship that brings more stress than happiness.  

Through expert input and personal stories, including her own, Shaw offers a new level of understanding of what makes a good friendship and a good friend.

©2021 Glenda D. Shaw (P)2021 Rowman & Littlefield

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A couple of the chapters make this worthwhile.

A couple of the chapters make this worthwhile.

A couple chapters were not insightful . I did listen to the book on its entirety. The narrator was not the best nor the worst I’ve heard. I would suggest her not read books that require other voices as neither her female other voice, nor her male other voice sounded anything more than fake.

All in all it was an interesting listen. S couple chapters made me look within to realize I was guilty of some judgments and friends lost or they didn’t have to go the way they did.

Good insight. Definitely well intentioned.

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