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My four-year-old son says his superpower is speed
But the really wonderful thing is his approach to making friends, says Séamas O’Reilly

Séamas O’Reilly

28, May, 2023 @8:31 AM

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‘We don’t do deep emotional discussions’: why men lose their friends – and how they can make more
A quarter of British men say they have no close mates. But even in middle age, where the ‘friendship recession’ hits hardest, it’s possible to buck the trend

Sam Wollaston

25, May, 2023 @9:00 AM

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The parting gift from my dying friend was an extraordinary act of selfless compassion | Paul Daley
In the hospital room I lost it. I stood there awkwardly with wet eyes. And then something incredible happened

Paul Daley

24, May, 2023 @11:58 PM

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The Big Chill at 40: rewatching the defining ensemble film of the 1980s
Director Lawrence Kasdan had his starry cast live together for weeks to get to know each other – and the result is a poignant film about friendship and loss

Maddie Thomas

23, May, 2023 @3:00 PM

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How we met: ‘I really wanted to be her friend but I wasn’t sure I was cool enough’
Gemma, 29, and Annie, 27, live in the same block of flats. They bonded last year as they fought ‘crazy’ fuel bills

Lizzie Cernik

18, May, 2023 @3:02 PM

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I’ve struggled to make friends since moving abroad – and it’s making me lonely
I do my best to attend social events and I’ve taken up regular activities, but I can’t make new relationships stick. How can I improve my chances?

Anita Chaudhuri

18, May, 2023 @11:00 AM

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In the year since I quit social media, my screen time has fallen, my mood is up – even my resting heart rate is lower | Philippa Moore
A snap decision to step away has become a lifestyle shift for Philippa Moore. Though keeping up with friends can be tricky, she has no regrets

Philippa Moore

17, May, 2023 @3:00 PM

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For the pleasure of writing to a friend | Brief letters
Letters: Letter-writing | Royal landlords | Pet names | Low letterboxes | Breakfast pie

11, May, 2023 @4:00 PM

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I don’t want my friend to stay with me but saying no feels mean. What can I do? | Leading questions
What you should do depends on what your reason is, writes advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith. Not feeling like it might not be a good enough excuse

Eleanor Gordon-Smith

11, May, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Sacked for flirting, for putting on weight, for wanting a baby … Who’d be a bridesmaid?
Some brides don’t take kindly to anyone who threatens to upstage them on their big day. Just ask the ex-maid of honour

09, May, 2023 @4:19 PM

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‘I didn’t want her in my life’: how to break up with a friend
No one wants to end a long-term friendship – but sometimes a rift is unavoidable. Experts suggest the most ethical ways to approach the conversation

Lizzie Cernik

04, May, 2023 @9:00 AM

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The moment I knew: we were ‘just friends’. Then we watched Sharknado with our elbows touching
Throughout her twenties Eloise Snape was a chronic relationship-phobe. When she met Sam, she had to double down on self-denial

As told toDoosie Morris

29, Apr, 2023 @8:00 PM

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