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How to Mend a Friendship

Disagreements with your best friend will happen from time to time. Take the initiative and mend a missed and broken friendship.


  • Step 1: Assess situation Assess the situation and figure out what went wrong.
  • Step 2: Reach out Be humble and reach out to your lost friend. Write a letter, send a card or an email, and invite them to talk or get together.
  • TIP: Be patient and wait for a response. Your friend may not be ready to mend the friendship.
  • Step 3: Express your feelings Express your feelings about the situation that broke the friendship. Be honest, calm, and polite.
  • Step 4: Apologize Apologize to your friend. If you feel you did not cause the broken friendship, take the initiative and apologize for how you reacted.
  • Step 5: Be sympathetic Be sympathetic to your friend's point of view.
  • Step 6: Acknowledge change Acknowledge and accept that your friendship may never be the same.
  • Step 7: Cherish your friendship Cherish your friendship and make time to grow and keep your connections strong.
  • FACT: Depression will affect approximately 1/4 of all women and 1/8 of all men at least once in their lifetime.

You Will Need

  • Communication
  • Sympathy
  • Time

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