Friending: Creating Meaningful, Lasting Adult Friendships

Friending: Creating Meaningful, Lasting Adult Friendships

by Gina Handley Schmitt, MA LMHC Author

Good Friends Make a Good Life

Friendships are like any other relationships—when they work, they make our lives better. When they aren't working, or are hard to find, they make our lives more difficult.

Gina Handley Schmitt saw her therapy clients struggling to make and keep close friends, and wrote this book to help solve what is becoming a full-blown friendship crisis in the age of social media. 

In this book, you'll learn:

  • How to identify and reach out to potential new friends
  • How to maintain long term friendships through busy times and life transitions
  • When and how to state your needs and set boundaries with your friends
  • Skills for strengthening your friendships by resolving conflicts
  • The difficult art of ending a friendship

You'll do all this using the five core skills of being available, authentic, affirming, assertive, and accepting. Life is so much sweeter with good friends by your side!

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Friending was a finalist for Next Generation Book Awards.

Comments & Reviews


"Which goes to show Friending isn’t just a self-help book. Schmitt also adds in personal experiences with her friends and clients to give her theories a more practical platform. We know Schmitt’s theories can work because she’s illustrated them with relatable examples."

"That is what makes this book such a great read. Friending isn’t meant to be consumed in one go—you are supposed to pick up the sections of the book that pertain to you. Looking to create friendships? Read the chapter on being available and answer those questions. Can’t handle a friend who is being rude or judgmental? Find out how to solve the issue in the chapter on assertiveness."