5 Tips to Mend Your Broken Friendship
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5 Tips to Mend Your Broken Friendship

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Let’s face it girls. We all go through our fair share of friendship issues.For most girls, I’m pretty sure girl drama started with the elementary school friend that was dared to buy the same Lisa Frank notebook that you already had. Or maybe it started with your middle school best friend kissing your crush.  Either way, we have to admit we sometimes let the smallest things affect our friendships in the most negative ways.
When it comes to girl drama, nothing is off limits! Even our dearest friendships can fall victim to it. Somebody said this, you heard that and before you know it, you hate your best friend’s guts! Fixing a friendship may seem difficult but these 5 tips may make it a bit easier. 
1. Make time to actually discuss the issue.   This step is the most important! If you never make time to sit down and talk to your friend, the issue could escalate beyond the point of no return. Nip it in the bud early! Clear out your schedule and invite your friend out for lunch or a coffee date at Starbucks. Go to the meeting with a clear and open mind. If you think that you know the ending before the meeting even starts, it could influence the way you handle the situation. A face-to-face meeting with your girl could be all that you need in the first place. 
2. Listen to her side of the story.  Every story has two sides! Don’t think that yours is the only one worth hearing. Give your girl the chance to express how she feels before you take a turn. Just sit back and sincerely listen. This will allow you to put her side into perspective. It also gives you time to gather all of your thoughts. 
3. Acknowledge how you feel. Now it’s your turn to go.  Sit up straight and make eye contact. Do whatever it takes to get your point across. Don’t be afraid to say exactly how you feel. Ladies, this is not your go ahead to be a total psycho. If your friend was defensive when telling her side, it’s okay. Kill her with kindness.  It will show her that you are there for more than just a confrontation. 
4. Apologize. Many people think that spitting out an apology is simple but it can be one of the hardest things for people to do. If you started the drama, own up to it and admit that you were wrong. If you talked about your friend out of anger, take responsibility! It would be better if she heard it from you rather than some one else. Apologize even if you weren’t the drama-starting culprit.  It shows that you are over the drama and willing to forgive. 
5. Discuss ways to solve future problems. Discussing ways to solve problems can save both parties from experiencing all of the extra drama that may occur in the future. Tell each other about things that might make you uncomfortable if they are done within the relationship. Agreeing on what is and isn’t acceptable in your relationship draws a clear line in the sand of friendship. If your friendship is important you should always be willing to extend an olive branch and work things out. If it’s meant to be then everything will fall right into place!

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