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8 Journal Prompts to Help Strengthen Your Friendships    

8 Journal Prompts to Help Strengthen Your Friendships

Art by Andrew Wetmore

By Hallie Belle Sheinbaum

Friends play a powerful role in all of our lives from a very young age. While friendship is one of the greatest joys in life, there is no denying that it can be complicated and hard to navigate at times. Reflecting on certain friendships can stir up a wide range of emotions, ranging from happy to sad. 

Journaling is a great exercise to help us explore those emotions and get to the bottom of what we’re feeling. It can help us discover the kind of friend we strive to be, the type of friends we want to surround ourselves with, the boundaries we may need to set, and more. To help get you started, we’ve outlined 8 journal prompts to help you explore and strengthen your friendships, below. 

  1. What qualities do you look for in a friend? Do your friends obtain those qualities? Do you?
  2. How do you think your friends would describe you? Do those descriptions feel authentic to you? Do you think you’re a good friend?
  3. Friends are supposed to make you feel good. Are there any friends in your life that don’t make you feel good? Ones that pull you down or hold you back? How can you work on either communicating a boundary with them or distancing yourself from them? List 3 intentional and specific ways.
  4. Are you willing to let your friends know when you need something?  Why or why not?
  5. Have you ever experienced a friendship breakup? How did it feel? What did you learn?
  6. List 3 ways you can work on being a better friend this week.
  7. When was the last time you were vulnerable with a friend? How did it make you feel?
  8. How are your adult friendships different from your childhood friendships? How are they the same?

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