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Healthy Friendships

Do you consider yourself a good friend? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of what makes a healthy friendship.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is a healthy friendship?

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The correct answer is: A healthy friendship is one that is a positive influence in your life, supporting you through good and bad times and allowing you to blossom.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What questions should you ask yourself to evaluate friendships?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The first step to evaluating friendships is to step back and see if you enjoy being with them socially and if they provide emotional support.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Friendship is important to mental health.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Friendships are very important to mental fitness. Expressing feelings and ideas to another person can help us clarify what's truly important to ourselves.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What should you do if your friend hurts you?

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The correct answer is: Weathering difficulties is exactly what cements relationships. If a friend hurts you and you don't speak up (expecting him or her to read your mind), you're setting up the relationship to fail. Talking is crucial.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What can lead to a dysfunctional friendship?

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The correct answer is: The fear of being alone could motivate you to do anything to make a friendship work or to pretend it's working when it's not.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What should I avoid doing to make better friend choices?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Friendship is about a mutual respect and give and take.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Online friendships boost happiness.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The Virtual Happiness Project, which studies the relationship between online social networking and happiness, has found that relationships built through online platforms can increase happiness.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What is the most important thing in relationships?

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The correct answer is: Communication is one of the key ingredients in healthy relationships. Don't assume that the other person knows what you're thinking. Always make room for healthy and rational discussions.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Learning how to control anger in relationships can benefit you physically.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Controlling anger should make you feel less stressed and have fewer physiological symptoms associated with anger.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is the key to being a good listener?

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The correct answer is: Do not interrupt. Allow the people you are communicating with to share their feelings and thoughts uninterrupted.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How do I resolve a conflict with a friend?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Once you have acknowledged the conflict, you should try to identify the part that you are responsible for and resolve your own personal conflict with it.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you can't seem to resolve a conflict, you should break up with your friend.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Simply stay conscious of the conflict and recognize that you and your friend do not yet have a solution for it.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Gender makes a difference in conflict resolution with friends.

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The correct answer is: This is true. It has been shown that gender does have an influence on conflict resolution. Men may lose an argument but come out still being friends, while women can hold grudges for a longer period of time.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How can I stop my friend from being competitive during workouts?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Competitiveness in the gym can be a good or bad thing. If it bothers you, avoid working out with your friend. If it's not that bad, approach it with a sense of humor.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Do friends usually relieve or cause stress?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that one of the most vital elements in reducing the negative health effects of stress is to have strong social networks. Playing poker, having girlfriend spa days and going to happy hour with your BFFs aren't all just fun and games -- they're mental medicine.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

In what grade does relational aggression between girls begin?

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The correct answer is: Relational aggression -- overt and exclusionary "mean girl" behavior -- begins in earnest around third and fourth grade and is at its peak around those middle school years.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How can you overcome jealousy in a friendship?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Experts advise friends and lovers alike to avoid the pitfalls of jealousy by sharing their honest feelings, maintaining trust and being sensitive to help us recognize the cues that worry and upset other people.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What can yoga teach you about maintaining healthy relationships?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The traditions of Yoga teach us that no one has entered our life by accident. We might need to learn greater compassion by being around aggressive people, more patience from being around ungrounded people, or tap into greater courage from being around intimidating people.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What should I do if my child chooses bad friends?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Get to know the friend and monitor activities during peak 'getting in trouble' times (3-6 p.m.), give your child activities away from the friend and step in if the friend in any way damages your child's health, character or reputation.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How can I make good friends at work?

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The correct answer is: Watch how work colleagues treat people and pay attention to how you feel when you are with them to determine if you'd like to be friends with them.

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Relationships and family are at the center of human life, and they can have a huge influence on your health. Having good friendships and family support eases stress, helps you avoid mental illness, and gives you energy and courage ...

for living a healthier life. Relationships start when you give someone else your time and attention. If you find yourself isolated, the best thing to do is reach out through community activities or family connections. Finding ways to help others will make you feel better, and then pay off later when you need support. Good health means caring for yourself, which is infinitely easier to do when other people are also caring for you. If your relationships are in trouble, take steps to resolve the conflict through communication or seeking counseling. The payoff is greater well-being for all involved.
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