Ask any relationship expert, and they will tell you that it's important not to sacrifice your relationships with your friends in favor of your significant other. The reason becomes clear the minute your love life goes south.
"My friend Claudia was my first phone call after my breakup," said Jamie, 25, of Sewell, NJ, who recently split from her boyfriend of two years. "I needed someone who would let me cry and get angry and just vent."
Jamie's case was different from most. Ideally, your friend lives within driving distance and is readily available for long phone conversations, in-person venting sessions and, if necessary, a trip to the local club. Claudia, also 25 and a friend of Jamie's since high school, lived thousands of miles away in California. But that didn't stop her from fulfilling her role in the weeks that followed Jamie's breakup.
"I'm sure her phone bill was pretty bad that month," Jamie admitted. "But she never complained about it to me. And a few weeks after myRead More »from Friends Don't Let Friends Suffer Heartbreak Alone: 10 Dos and Don'ts