Why Read Friendship Rules

Friendships can be hard to make, navigate and keep.

Regardless of age or stage in life, friendships are integral to our health and emotional well-being. Yet, the “rules” for female friendships are often murky and unclear.

Maybe a friend has disappointed or betrayed you. Maybe you’ve moved to a different part of the country, gotten divorced or become widowed, or are having trouble making new friends. Or maybe you’re unhappy with the friends you already have; wondering if it’s something you’re doing wrong, or missing altogether. 

Friends enrich our lives and enhance our happiness. We not only want to have good friends - we want to be good friends, too. Many people rate their friendships as just as (or even more) important than relationships with their spouses or partners!

However you slice it, we all need friends we can lean on, count on, trust and love unconditionally (flaws included). 

Every issue of Friendship Rules aims to educate, inform, inspire and distill the rules of friendship.

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What to expect

Each week, you’ll receive the Friendship Rules newsletter with information and advice to help navigate the uncharted waters of female friendships.

We will answer your questions; post short, easy-to-read think pieces on friendship, and publish brief essays and topical stories on these vital relationships.

"Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves." - Vincent Van Gogh

About us: The Friendship Experts

Irene S. Levine, PhD is a psychologist, freelance journalist, and author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup With Your Best Friend. For more than a decade, she has been blogging about female friendships as “The Friendship Doctor” and is a frequent go-to source on friendship for the media.

Sheryl Kraft, MFA, is a certified health and integrative wellness coach, and freelance journalist who has written hundreds of articles about women’s health and relationships for major online and print publications. 

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Note: By submitting a letter to Friendship Rules, you agree to let it be published in whole or part. We will not use real names to preserve your anonymity. Letters may be edited for length and/or clarity.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this newsletter is intended to substitute for medical, psychiatric, or clinical advice; diagnosis, or treatment. Rather, all posts are informational, written as the type of advice that one friend might give to another. Always seek professional advice for any questions you have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.

Some of the questions and answers may be updates of popular posts previously published on The Friendship Blog.

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Have a friendship problem? We’re here for you: Two seasoned friendship experts share practical advice and actionable tips for your most pressing questions and dilemmas. Lean on us as we guide you through the often murky waters of friendship.


Sheryl Kraft is a freelance health journalist and integrative wellness coach. Sheryl is founder of ThePause newsletter and co-publishes the newsletter Friendship Rules, with Irene S. Levine PhD.
Irene S. Levine is a psychologist, friendship expert, and co-publisher of Friendship Rules.