Being a confidant for someone when they are in need is imperative in maintaining a healthy friendship. It is good to give your friend a reasonable perspective while helping them through a hard time, but you want to make sure that you do not give too much advice. If you give advice that is not practical for your friend, then it isn’t considered very helpful. Also try to listen at all times without passing judgement.
- Be sure to give your friend reasonable advice. Do not offer solutions that they do not have access to pursuing.
- Always listen without passing judgement in an empathetic and validating manner so they can remain trusting you as their confidant.
- It is best to stray away from openly making judgement about your friend’s spouse or partner while in conversation.
“Even if people have good friends outside the relationship, there’s no guarantee that the friends they turn to will, in fact, be able to help them.”