The 8 Friends You Need in Your Life

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Chances are, you know which of your friends to call if you need a last-minute sitter, who will sympathetically listen to you vent about your annoying boss, and who to text when you need menstrual cup advice like right this VERY minute. What you might NOT know, though? The highly specific roles each of these besties play in your life.


Because all best friends are different. And in her new book, Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness, Shasta Nelson, founder of, breaks down this truth in ways you never thought of but which make PERFECT sense. (Her inspiration for doing so was best-selling author Tom Rath, and the categories he lays out in his book, Vital Friends.)

Trust us, as soon as you finish reading, you're going to want to text at least one of your friends and share.

Take a look at the eight AMAZING roles friends play in your life.



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