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Two Examples of How to Build Close Relationships

Two Examples of How to Build Close Relationships

| September 22, 2016

How two people learned to build and benefit from close relationships By Vic LeBouthillier Tom: 37, husband and father of two. Works as a store’s general manager. Lonely, but with a chance of a breakthrough. Tom worked hard to get to where he is and had to step on a few toes in the process. […]

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How to Create Close Friendships in Your Life, Part 2

How to Create Close Friendships in Your Life, Part 2

| September 20, 2016

More tips for working towards close friendships with others By Vic LeBouthillier “You need to be generous and prioritize your time in order to maintain close friendships.” In our previous blog, we began discussing ways to create close friendships, based upon the list of behaviors associated with close friendships. Here is a continuation of that […]

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How to Create Close Friendships in Your Life, Part 1

How to Create Close Friendships in Your Life, Part 1

| September 15, 2016

Tips for working towards close friendships with others By Vic LeBouthillier “Regardless of where we are now, we can all improve our friendship skills.” Each of us may be at a different place in terms of our skill level and the value we put on friendship. Regardless of where we are now, we can all […]

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Why Close Friendships Can Be So Challenging

Why Close Friendships Can Be So Challenging

| September 13, 2016

Two main reasons some people have difficulty being close to others By Vic LeBouthillier “If you have multiple fractures that have never fully healed, putting yourself in a position to experience new turmoils and fractures may seem impossible.” There are two main reasons why some people don’t have close friendships, or why they may find […]

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Behaviors That Characterize Close Friendships

Behaviors That Characterize Close Friendships

| September 8, 2016

An in depth look at close friendships By Vic LeBouthillier “Finding and maintaining a close friendship is a goal that offers incalculable benefits for your physical and mental health.” Not all of your friendships will be close friendships. This is OK. Having the majority of your “friends” being general friends and casual acquaintances is absolutely […]

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Three Different Types of Friendships

Three Different Types of Friendships

| September 6, 2016

A close look at the various types of friendships By Vic LeBouthillier “Close friendships are characterized by a level of intimacy that you don’t share with others, that allows microscopic honesty, vulnerability, authenticity, and unconditional acceptance.” Although there are three main types of friendships, it is important to remember that friendships are continually changing and […]

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The Importance of Having Friendships in Our Lives

The Importance of Having Friendships in Our Lives

| September 1, 2016

Why we need friendships, and why some of us lack close friendships By Vic LeBouthillier “Only if we have strong, healthy, and trusting friendships, can we really thrive and live a truly fulfilled life.” From birth, most of us begin forming connections with our mothers, fathers, siblings, extended family, and eventually, friends. Our need for […]

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Healthy Ways to Increase Play and Laughter in Your Life

Healthy Ways to Increase Play and Laughter in Your Life

| August 30, 2016

Steps and initiatives to increase play and laughter in a healthy way By Vic LeBouthillier “Part of incorporating more play and laughter into our daily life includes taking a good look at how much we already do these things and how important it is to us.” Take a moment to read over each of the […]

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How We Use Drugs and Alcohol to Increase Play and Laughter

How We Use Drugs and Alcohol to Increase Play and Laughter

| August 25, 2016

How do drugs and alcohol influence play and laughter, and where do group dynamics come into play? By Vic LeBouthillier “Substance use can temporarily reduce inhibitions and increase laughter and playfulness, but can carry a high risk of negative consequences. This presents a challenge in balancing healthy outlets of play and laughter with potentially unhealthy […]

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Why Do Adults Play and Laugh Less as They Get Older?

Why Do Adults Play and Laugh Less as They Get Older?

| August 23, 2016

What might be holding you back from more play and laughter? By Vic LeBouthillier “While adults need activities that revolve around pleasure beyond just competitive play, researchers in this field speculate that as we grow into adolescents and adults, our focus on play decreases due to a number of factors.” Experts in social and behavioral […]

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