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How to Be a Better Friend

Editor's note: The following is a guest post written by Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent, authors of How to Eat Like a Hot Chick, How to Love Like a Hot Chick, and the upcoming Live Like a Hot Chick. Today they're sharing tips for being a better friend. Don't forget to enter our Hot Chick giveaway to win $200 to Bliss Spa and a set of their books.

  1. Avoid Jealousy: This all too common green feeling is a waste of precious time and energy. Instead of letting jealousy ruin a friendship, turn it into something positive by acknowledging exactly what your friend has that you want. Allow this extra knowledge about your true desires to inspire you to go out and get it for yourself.
  2. Multi-Task: Don’t let your busy work schedule or piles of bills and laundry keep you from hanging out with your gal pals. Make time for them (and for you) by exercising together, catching up during your commute (hands-free, please!), or even grocery shopping together.
  3. Celebrate With Her: Life’s too short to miss out on making a big deal out of your friends’ birthdays, engagements, babies, and promotions. When one of your friends has good news, make it a rule to get together with a cake and a glass of champagne.
  4. Give Tough Love: Everyone needs a little ass-kicking sometimes, and only the best friend in the world can set you straight with honesty, humor, and love. If your friend is acting thoughtless, selfish, self-destructive, or otherwise foolish, don’t be afraid to give it to her good.
  5. Prioritize: We already told you how to spot a toxic friend, but you may have other friends who aren’t exactly toxic but aren’t at the top of your list, either. Guess what? That’s okay. We all have limited amounts of time and energy, and can’t give equal amounts to everyone in our address books. Pick a few (two or four or six) friends who are your top priorities, and treat them as such. Remember that with friends (just like sex and chocolate), it’s all about quality, not quantity.
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