Girlfriend Advice for Tough Situations | How to be A Better Friend

Girlfriend Advice for Tough Situations | How to be A Better Friend

How to be there for a Friend going through a Tough SituationThere are lots of situations that we women face that are tough. That’s life, right? Thankfully we have our friends to help us through tough situations – like losing a parent or the loss of a child, dealing with cancer, the death of a beloved pet, and more.

It’s true: “Walking with a FRIEND in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

YES. Helen Keller. The woman who knew what it meant to walk in the dark and be completely alone. She knew the value of a friend, especially in the dark.

Over the ten+ years of Girlfriendology, we’ve shared girlfriend advice for tough situations like these. Our commitment is to inspire women to be better friends – and to be there in the good and not-so-good times.

It’s not always easy when friends go through difficult times. We get that. But, as a friend, they NEED you to be supportive, kind, caring, and attentive. Here’s some girlfriend advice on many of the challenges in life that we and our friends deal with.

 

That’s why we’re here – to inspire you to BE A BETTER FRIEND – even, and especially, when life hands you or a girlfriend tough situations.

COMFORTING GIFTS FOR FRIENDS: HEALING BASKETS provides gifts to comfort and support the broken hearted. From sympathy, and loss to cancer, get well, divorce and caregiving. These gifts encourage, comfort and inspire.

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Thankful Thursday: Practice Thanksgiving

Thankful Thursday: Practice Thanksgiving

Practice Thanksgiving“The way anything is developed, is through practice practice practice practice practice practice practice practice practice and more practice.”
Joyce Meyer

Every Thursday we celebrate what we call ‘Thankful Thursday.’ It’s a time each week where we like to stop and focus on gratitude and especially gratitude for girlfriends. This week, we’re celebrating November and this month of Thanksgiving. What does ‘practice’ have to do with Thankful Thursday? Read and find out!

A woman walks up to a street musician in New York City and asks: “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The musician answers, “Practice.”

Mention the word “practice” and almost sure to get groans from kids asked to play never-ending piano scales, athletes running endless drills, or salespeople rehearsing their can’t miss sales presentation for the umpteenth time.

The simple truth is, there is no success, without practice. Practice means continually learning from personal experience, from repeating the same right things over and over again. Nothing is ever perfect, so keep practicing.

So today is a Thursday. A Thursday in November. No, it’s not THE Thursday in November, yet, and that’s good. That means we still have time to practice – Thanksgiving.

I’m not talking about practicing culinary crafts or eating or watching football or napping after the big meal. I’m talking about practicing Thanksgiving as in practicing giving thanks, as in showing special gratitude for anything and everything and everyone involved in this special celebration.

Practice now and there’s no reason to be put on the spot sitting at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day when the question comes up: “What are you most thankful for?”

You’ll be ready. Because you practiced now.

Put yourself in an attitude of gratitudeThink today, right now. What were you most grateful for? How might you share that story? Go ahead, practice. Actively, purposely and willingly think of how you will show a little thankfulness, a little gratitude throughout the event. Refine in your mind, how you’re going to make this occasion special for everyone. Put yourself in an attitude of gratitude, then practice your ways of showing gratitude in everything that you do.

Think in detail of how this Thanksgiving will go, envision it in your mind. Play it out, the people you’ll be interacting with, the conversations you’ll have, the opportunities that will present themselves for you to show your gratitude. You might plan something to show gratitude for everyone on your Thanksgiving list. Envision what may happen and plan for it, make it memorable and special, and work through over or around any obstacles (we know buy cheap generic zithromax there’s always the chance) weeks before you encounter them.

If you ask anyone who is really good at anything how they became so, they will say, practice. Practice will reveal what you’re good at, and make you better.

November is the perfect month to focus on giving thanks and showing gratitude. So fall in love with your practice, and practice today so that your Thanksgiving gratitude performance is perfection.
No groans, girlfriend. Practice.

We’re thankful, not just on Thursdays, but every day, for your time and support. Thanks for allowing Girlfriendology into your day. We hope it makes you more grateful of your girlfriends and reminds you that the important things in life aren’t things.

More girlfriend inspiration on Thanksgiving: (check these out for great Thanksgiving quotes and videos to share!)

 

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Thanksgiving Recipe for Gratitude and Friendship

Thanksgiving Recipe for Gratitude and Friendship

Gratitude Thanksgiving Quote WilderWe can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

Overbooked with a huge shopping list, cooking special Thanksgiving recipes and coordinating multiple family events a friend complained that Thanksgiving was her least favorite holiday. She may have been just saying that, but between the focus on ‘Pinterest-worthy’ recipes and Facebook photograph-able home decorating, along with the shopping frenzy of Black Friday, it does seem that no one talks about the sentiment of the day set aside for giving thanks.

H.U. Westermayer wrote: The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.

That’s a powerful reminder that we as a rich nation and a blessed generation. Even with terrorist attacks, fear, politics and poverty, the mass population will gather around a Thanksgiving turkey (or whatever they enjoy) with friends and family. We’ll watch parades, dogs and football. We’ll consume too many calories and may even set our alarms for an ungodly hour to go on a Black Friday shopping spree.thanksgiving recipe for friendship

It’s easy to get lost in the hectic holidays. But, let’s focus on the real meaning of Thanksgiving – to GIVE THANKS. The real Thanksgiving Recipe for Friendship is:

  • A Generous Cup of Blessings
  • A Tablespoon of Reflection
  • A Handful of Memories Together
  • A Good Helping of Hugs and Laughter
  • A Pint of Time with Friends and Family
  • Mix with Love and Forgiveness.

More girlfriend inspiration on Thanksgiving: (check these out for great Thanksgiving quotes and videos to share!)

Lastly, this was a hilarious reminder to avoid some conversations to have a more peaceful, happy (and musical) Thanksgiving. Thanks Saturday Night Live for showing us how to get along with family who may say inappropriate or sensitive things:

Happy Thanksgiving Girlfriends!

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Thanksgiving Inspired – 5 Friday Favorite Videos – on Gratitude

Thanksgiving Inspired – 5 Friday Favorite Videos – on Gratitude

 Gratitude Thanksgiving Quote WilderWe can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

Happy Thanksgiving Girlfriend! Hope your day was fun and friend-filled!

We’re thankful for our friends and family, for this season of gratitude (or, as Thornton says above, being ‘conscious of our treasures’) and for the blessings we experience all year ’round. So, this week we’re celebrating GRATITUDE on our weekly Favorite Videos.

Enjoy these segments of wisdom and inspiration. Share them with your friends. And let them resonate with your celebration of Thanksgiving.

(And check out last week’s Favorite Friendship Videos!)

The Science of Happiness – a study in Gratitude. Who would you call? What’s stopping you?

Today is a gift. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness. Celebrate gratitude. And share this with a friend who could use that message.

Wanna feel grateful? You can’t help but be once you meet Nick Vujicic. I promise.

Want more JOY in your life? Be GRATEFUL. Active ways to be more grateful from ‘vulnerability expert’ Brene Brown. (Listen to this intelligent, grateful woman!)

Calling to say THANK YOU. You weren’t expecting this message … but you’ve influenced my life, you’ve made me happy and a better person. Hear what happened after the first of our gratitude videos above.

Gratitude Video GRATITUDE VIDEOSWho’s day can you make by sharing these favorite videos on GRATITUDE? Share! And have a friend-filled day girlfriend!

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25 Cheer up Texts for Friends – Girlfriend Inspiration

25 Cheer up Texts for Friends – Girlfriend Inspiration

25 Texts to cheer up a friendNeed a cheer up message for a friend? Want to send an encouraging text to cheer up your friend? You’ve come to the right place!

 “When it rains, it pours … but soon, the sun shines again. Better days are ahead.”

That just might be the cheer up text that a friend needs to receive.

When you love someone as a friend (or more than a friend), you want them to be happy – right? Sometimes that isn’t the case when they’re going through tough situations or just dealing with more than they’d like. It might be just a bad day, or a sad day, or a rough month/year/decade. What’s important is letting her know that you’re there and that you care. Our friends look to us for encouragement and support – let’s be the kind of friend who provides it! Let’s be the friend who sends cheer up text messages!

Cheer up friendship sms quoteSeems like everyone sends texts/IMs these days. Within a minute or two, you can brighten her day, make her smile, and let her know you’re thinking about her. You can command Siri (or whomever) to write it for you (well, you do have to say it). You can send her an inspiring quote (see ideas below or check out these quotes) or a funny photo/emoji (app below). There are lots of ways you can use technology, apps, SMS/texts to be a better friend and cheer up a friend – which is our goal here on Girlfriendology! (Here’s another 25 text messages to cheer up a friend!)

Copy from the following Cheer Up Text messages / SMS / IMs or share the quotes/images. Or personalize these cheer up messages to your girlfriend. The only thing that really matters is that you show her how much you care and how you’re there to cheer up your friend!Cheer up SMS Text IM

25 Cheer up Texts for Friends:

1. Just tell her you’re thinking about her: “Hope things are good for you today. Know I’m here and I care. Love you!” might be all that it takes to cheer her up!

2. Cheer up IM SMS Text emoji thinking about youEveryone likes to feel admired: “I don’t tell you often enough, but you really are amazing and very special to me. Thanks for being my friend. I’m here if/when you need me.”

3. Everyone loves a compliment, right? Make her feel pretty and loved with a text/IM like: “I hope your day is as nice as your butt” – or something equally silly 🙂 (Love this keychain that says that – would make a great cheer up gift 🙂

4. Short and sweet: “You’re in my thoughts (and prayers). Hang in there!”

5. Acknowledge the tough situation: “I know – life isn’t fair sometimes. I’m here and I care.

6. Send long distance love: “Distance can’t separate us. You’re close in my thoughts and prayers.

7. Be honest: “Unfortunately, there’s no way around sadness, but through it. I’m here and will be whenever you need me.Cheer up SMS IM text you can do it

8. Just a simple reminder: “No matter how tough things are, I have so much faith in you. You are amazing and will be okay.”

9. Send a fun personalized emoji Girlfriend i love you this much emoiji(App info below) to create a fun reminder that you: “I love you THIS MUCH!: (Sent by my BFF Cath)

10. Remind her that SHE CAN DO IT with a graphic like this one –> (Made with the app below)

11. More emoji’s: Cheer up! or ‘Thinkin bout you’ (Plus, she’ll love seeing your personalized emoji!)

12. Sometimes we all lose faith in ourselves. Remind her that you never question her strength with a short but so cherished message of: “Just so you know, I have faith in you. You’ll be okay. You’re stronger than you know.”

13. Send a fun photo that you have of her and you together. Tell her how much you value her and her friendship.

14. Completely make her day! Tell her three things you love about her, like: “I love how you go after your dreams like the 100-mile bike ride you did! I love how you work so hard to make your community better. I love how you make me laugh when we talk. Thanks for the gift of your friendship!”Start your free trial now!

INSPIRING QUOTES TO SHARE:

15. “When it rains, sometimes it pours. The sun always comes out again and it will. Better days are ahead.” – use the graphic above.

16. Share this scripture for Christian Girlfriends:  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28

17. Or this scripture:  “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord.  Plans Life doesnt have to be perfect friendship inspirational quoteto prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

18. Or this scripture:  “Rejoice in our confident hope.  Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Romans 12:12

19. Every day on Instagram.com/Girlfriendology we post beautiful friendship quotes and you can send them to friends. Just find a quote that you like, and send it to any of your friends on Instagram. Like: “You yourself, deserve love and affection as much as anyone in the entire universe.”

20. Send these quotes to friends (available on the Girlfriendology Instagram page too): “There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you know.” (Winnie the Pooh – was a very wise bear!)

21. A great, inspiring quote for a great, inspiring cheer up SMS / Cheer up Text: “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” Annette Funicello.Friendship quote a true friend is there for you

22. Remind her that you’re a true friend with this friendship quote: “A true friend will be there for you when she’d rather be anywhere else.” Tell her that you’re there for her – no matter what!

23. Share this quote and tell her how much you enjoy her friendship and wish for her happiness:It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes HAPPINESS.

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today friendship inspiration quote24. Remind her, like the image below states, to: Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. 🙂

25. Cheer up a friend with this quote: “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.” Charlie Chaplin

So, that’s 25 texts to cheer up a Friend. What texts cheer you or a friend up? Share below!

* I used BITMOJI (app) to create these personalized emoji messages. It’s a fun, creative app that lets you easily send a personalized cheer up text! She’ll love seeing you pop up in her texts/IMs.

What’s your favorite App for sending cheer up texts to friends? How do you encourage your friends? Share below!

(Here’s another 25 text messages to cheer up a friend!)Cheer up text nothing is permanent

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Gifts to Cheer Up a Friend:

Show your love, encouragement and support with these cheer up gifts for friends!Cheer up book girlfriend gift

Cheer Up Book – “A fun compendium of happy quotes that will help lift anyone out of the dumps

Hang in There Cheer UP Gift BasketHealthy and unique gift basket is full of nuts and seeds to help boost spirits naturally – Who knew? Or this Cheer Up Healthy Gift Basket – and in case of emergency, send her this AWESOME CHOCOLATE Gift Basket 🙂

FUN Cheer Up Wine Label Set – sure to bring a smile to her face!

Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul: Celebrating the Friends Who Cheer Us Up, Cheer Us On and Make Our Lives Complete

Keep Hangin’ In There Care PackageFilled with indulgent treats, two plush monkey friends, and a puzzle book for pleasant distraction, this gift box is sure to make your friend grin as she squishes the smile right off the happy stress ball’s face:)

And, eCards full of encouragement and support! Like these …

Cheer up cards encouragement support eCards

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