5 Things People Do That Hurt Their Relationships and Friendships

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Friendships make every area of our lives better. They contribute to a deep sense of belonging in the world, in knowing our place, in having people that count on us and that we can count on. And also, they’re just plain fun!

But, if you look at your list of friends on Facebook or group of people you interact with regularly, you’ll notice that the majority are luke-warm friends; those that you know pretty well, but aren’t deeply connected with. Today’s Broken Brain Podcast Big Idea Tuesday episode is all about taking those mediocre friendships and making them great. Turning them from someone you interact with to someone you connect with, build a kindred spirit with, and take this journey of life with.

Being a great friend isn’t about being perfect or living up to some crazy ideal of a person who is totally selfless and puts everyone else before them. That’s being a people pleaser.

Being a great friend means you’re willing to put in the work and grow together.

Sometimes putting in the work means having an honest look at things you might be doing that are hurting your friendships.

You probably aren’t doing these things on purpose, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have implications. In today’s episode, Dhru covers 5 things people do regularly that they may not be aware of that are hurting their friendships.

By talking about these 5 areas, Dhru challenges you to take a personal look at your own behavior within your friendships to become aware of patterns you might not have seen before. This is the first step to building deep, meaningful, and lasting relationships. 

Dhru discusses the 5 things people do that hurt their relationships:

Number 1: Poor and unclear communication

Number 2: Complaining instead of opening up

Number 3: Sarcasm

Number 4: Withholding or not expressing constructive feedback

Number 5: Withholding or not expressing gratitude

Self-reflection doesn’t come easy, but it’s always necessary in order to build connection. I hope you take the time to reflect on your role in your friendships and put in the work to take your relationships to the next level.

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Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD


Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is the Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, and a 13-time New York Times Bestselling author.

If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.


If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.

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