how to keep friends

A few simple steps on how to make new and keep old friends.

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

When you say, ‘I love you ,’ mean it.

When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye.

Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

Believe in love at first sight.

Never laugh at anyone’s dream. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

Don’t judge people by their relatives…

Talk slowly but think quickly.

When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’

Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson!

Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.

Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship…

When you know you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

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37 responses to “how to keep friends

  1. Hi Harry
    Interesting post! No 1 makes the most sense to me, but the rest is not bad advice either. 🙂 Thanks, I will try not to sneeze while smiling and answering the phone talking slowly!

    But how does being engaged 6 months before marriage help to keep friends…

  2. HI Ina, it must mean you are both committed and make sure you are going to re-mane friends after marriage ???:)

    • Well my husband and I got engaged (we bought rings?) in 1988 and married in 1999. By then, we had children and sure knew each other inside out! So yes, if you want your husband/wife to be your best friend, or a very good one at least with benefits, it works I suppose 🙂 Good plan!

  3. Nice list
    Never say anthing behind someone’s back you won’t say to their face 🙂
    Be true to yourself 🙂

  4. If all else fails, punch them in the face and tell them to stop being knob heads.

  5. You would sort them out Pete, a bit of head banging 🙂

  6. Great advice Harry – and the last one is so true! Try it, it works!

  7. These are good – I like #11

  8. This is very valuable information, everyone my age should read it. The breaking of rules such as these have resulted in the loss of a number of friends throughout my life. Great post, Harry.

  9. Some very good advice from a very wise man. 🙂

  10. I was with you all the way Harry down to number 20!!

    All i Get is salesmen or computers ringing me so I don’t answer the phone!!!


  11. Hahah….11 is my favorite 🙂

  12. Hi princess, that one seems to be a few peoples favorite.

  13. definitely number two!!!!!

  14. Very nice post, but you forgot one: NEVER scare the living beegeezus out of Highly Sensitive People by posting scary videos that start off all nice and soothing! 😉

  15. Slowlycreepingdeath

    All good advice which I have frequently broken.. hence why I’m a broken man.. maybe!

  16. Slowlycreepingdeath, i love the name, you look like a broken man in the photo 🙂

    Thank you for visiting please call back, and i like your poems, there are a lot of poets in my blogroll

  17. SIX.
    Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
    I guess Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries missed that step 🙂

  18. Amor24 , they must have, they should have read it first.

  19. Well, if the dark globe awards did nothing else they meant I found your blog. Looking forward to reading more.

  20. nuvofelt, and i’m glad you did and thanks for subscribing, btw, did you go back and vote for me, my first vote is at the top comment 😆

  21. 13’s my favorite, nearly all the others are very good, the whole list is simply stated (which I like) – and, sorry, I don’t believe in love at first sight. Lust maybe? Great post, Harry.

  22. Mikey, maybe they meant lust instead of love, thanks for visiting.

  23. Hey Thanks for some gr8 words of wisdom. I know # 20 to be true. I can sense the smile on the other end with my conversations with Selena. You should stop by and check it out !

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