Friends Matter, for Life

Harnessing the 8 Tenets of Dynamic Friendship

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Pub Date 10 Sep 2024 | Archive Date Not set
Amplify Publishing Group | Amplify Publishing

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Envision yourself in the midst of life’s hustle and bustle—juggling work commitments, family obligations, and never-ending to-do lists. While you long for meaningful friendships that go beyond the surface, the path to forging and sustaining such connections often feels like a maze with unforeseen challenges and constant diversions. But you’re not alone. 

In a world where connections often feel fleeting and relationships constantly evolve, the significance of friendships cannot be overstated. Yet, the journey of establishing and maintaining adult friendships can be challenging. Navigating this intimate and sometimes uncharted territory, Dr. Kimberly Horn offers a rich tapestry of insights, research-backed strategies, and real-life anecdotes which will resonate with anyone seeking meaningful bonds. 

Experience a fresh perspective that goes beyond conventional friendship advice. This unique approach introduces a Framework of Dynamic Friendship, taking you through eight essential tenets filled with practical tools and exercises to cultivate more fulfilling friendships. 

Friends Matter, for Life invites you to explore the profound impact of friendships on happiness, health, and overall well-being—and reminds us that to have friends, we must also be one.

Envision yourself in the midst of life’s hustle and bustle—juggling work commitments, family obligations, and never-ending to-do lists. While you long for meaningful friendships that go beyond the...

Advance Praise

“One of the most crucial skills you need as an adult is to know how to make new friends; yet nobody teaches you that. Until now. Dr. Kimberly Horn has the science-backed strategies you need for making real, lasting adult friendships.” —Mel Robbins, New York Times bestselling author and host of The Mel Robbins Podcast

“Friendships are the antidote to loneliness. Kimberly Horn’s book, Friends Matter, for Life is an inspiring book that highlights the healing power of having friends. Her 8 tenets of friendship are thought-provoking and a guiding light on how we can nurture our friendships and grow our inner strength and well-being.” —Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC, author of Everyday Awakening

“Dr. Horn’s compelling arguments over friendship shed light on the cornerstones of a meaningful life. Vital attributes of friendship like empathy illustrate basic human needs well into adulthood. The 8 tenets are a fascinating read and ensure deep meaning for those looking to find understanding and comfort in their connections. Thank you to Dr. Horn for her strong, refreshing, and vital literary contribution.” —Najma Khorrami, MPH, author of A Spoonful of Gratitude

“Friendships are the cornerstone of life. In her new book, Dr. Kimberly Horn guides us through the dynamic process of evolving relationships and reminds us that being a friend to ourselves is the most important relationship of all.” —Dana Killion, author of Where the Shadows Dance

“Kimberly Horn’s book couldn’t come at a better time. We’re facing what many are calling a global epidemic of loneliness and isolation. She reminds us that there are different types of friendships, all of which are important for us to nurture and not take for granted. She gives us leave to mourn but also release ourselves from those relationships that have become toxic. And she couches her suggestions within an actionable framework, coupled with forward-looking positive scenarios and introspective, reflective exercises.” —Eileen Drage O’Reilly, former president, National Press Club (2023); science writer; Managing Editor of Standards & Training, Axios

“In Friends Matter, for Life, Kimberly Horn masterfully addresses how crucial friendships are to health, offering a heartfelt, actionable guide to combating loneliness and nurturing the connections vital to our well-being.” —Leana Wen, MD, newspaper columnist, television commentator, and author of Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health

“As much a call to action as a meditation on the importance of the people we choose to spend our lives with, Friends Matter, for Life is the antidote to modern feelings of loneliness and distance. Dr. Horn prompts us to think critically and emotionally about ourselves and the relationships we build with others, and in a sincere, authentic way.” —Charlene Wheeless, author of You Are Enough! Reclaiming Your Career and Your Life with Purpose, Passion, and Unapologetic Authenticity

“One of the most crucial skills you need as an adult is to know how to make new friends; yet nobody teaches you that. Until now. Dr. Kimberly Horn has the science-backed strategies you need for...

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I love my friends and enjoy spending time with them. However, I have noticed as I get older my circle is getting smaller. When I saw the title of this book, I thought I'd learn more about friendship as an adult. I enjoyed Horn's theories on the power of friendship, but I felt like I already knew that. I also thought that the advice was pretty basic. Perhaps it is because I've given so much time to nurturing myself and am truly spending time with the people I desire to already? Either way, I liked the book and think it will help a lot of women struggling. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. Four stars.

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Friends. What a topic! Now with kids it's become an even bigger one. But I know I have to practice what I preach with my kids. This book was beautifully done! Such a complex topic, and this book explained it so simply and well. I highly recommend. As a mom of four, I'm realizing you need those friends to get you through life. They are crucial. But it's hard to commit to that deep relation. Wonderfully done! Such great words and advice.

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Loved this one! Great and fun read. Highly recommend.
Many thanks to the publisher, Netgalley, and the author for my ARC.

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Friends Matter, for Life by Dr. Kimberly Horn is a game-changer for understanding adult friendships. Dr. Horn offers practical advice, backed by research and real stories, to help you build and maintain meaningful connections. This book shows the powerful impact of friendships on our happiness and health, reminding us to be a good friend to have good friends.

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Friendships have always been a valuable source of happiness and joy in my life - from the moment I first went off to school, when I moved as a shy, young girl, those awkward teenage years, the fun-filled freedom of college days, marriage, divorce, dating, new jobs. So many versions of friendships that have touched and shaped my life as each left a mark on my heart. The friendships we build and nurture in our adult lives are like no other. The thoughtful approach on how to best grow and maintain those is shared in Friends Matter, For Life. Detailing eight tenets for a Framework of Dynamic Friendship, Kim provides the reader with valuable, impactful ways one can strengthen and deepen their relationships. I especially like the “Reflect” sections with probing questions to ask yourself how YOU show up for friends. My favorite tenet was Self-Friending with the reminder on how we should be treating ourselves with the same kindness, support, and care offered to a friend. I consider myself a good friend but this book has shown me I never want to take any of my friendships nor their impact on my life for granted.

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