When you genuinely care about a friend, their well-being and happiness become important to you. Therefore, when they face hardships or challenges in life, it can be emotionally challenging for you as a friend. It's common to feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to provide support and assistance during such times.
Here's the reality: simply telling someone to "look on the bright side" or offering advice won't necessarily uplift their spirits. It's important to understand that such approaches may not be effective. Instead, there's one key aspect that can genuinely enhance your intentions of being there for someone and becoming the supportive friend you aspire to be. Discover this crucial element in the following video, which will empower you to provide the support that truly makes a difference (Megan, 2020).