Archive for September, 2016

An Introduction to Boundaries: The Imaginary Fence

| September 29, 2016
An Introduction to Boundaries: The Imaginary Fence

A key factor in healthy relationships and mental well-being. By Vic LeBouthillier “Boundaries are the borders separating where you end and I begin.” Like an imaginary fence, boundaries provide a sense of space and protection between us and the people around us. We can change the amount of personal space we have by expanding or […]

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Connections and Engagement: A Friendliness Survey

| September 27, 2016
Connections and Engagement: A Friendliness Survey

A close look at the effect of various types of social interactions By Vic LeBouthillier In 2011, the Vancouver Foundation polled 275 charitable foundations and 100 community leaders to find out what they believed was their most pressing issue. To their surprise, it wasn’t poverty or homelessness; It was isolation and disconnection. This year, the […]

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Two Examples of How to Build Close Relationships

| September 22, 2016
Two Examples of How to Build Close Relationships

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

| September 20, 2016
How to Create Close Friendships in Your Life, Part 2

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

| September 15, 2016
How to Create Close Friendships in Your Life, Part 1

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

| September 13, 2016
Why Close Friendships Can Be So Challenging

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

| September 8, 2016
Behaviors That Characterize Close Friendships

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

| September 6, 2016
Three Different Types of Friendships

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

| September 1, 2016
The Importance of Having Friendships in Our Lives

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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