Friends are good to have. You don’t need many, but you need a few. One thing that I’ve thought about a lot lately is how my friends make me feel. Do they make me feel good or bad? Happy or sad?

As I entered my 40s, keeping friends around that constantly drag you down doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. You’re responsible for your health and happiness, and if you allow others to destroy that, you’re not doing anybody a favor.

Kind, happy friends don’t make mean jokes, don’t talk down to you, and don’t make you feel bad about yourself. They fill you with confidence, joy and security. And they support you in making healthy decisions.