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A woman's friends are the family she picks for herself. Whether it's about something funny or serious, our friends are the first ones we think to call. They are a constant source of support and encouragement. This collection of 101 touching and amusing stories celebrates all that is special about the bonds that women share with their friends — the unique spirit of female friendship. You'll love reading and sharing these stories with your friends.

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Five ways to help you make great friends

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Us Girls by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

Nothing beats the friendship between women — the understanding and support during tough times, the laughter and fun during good times. Whether you’re looking for new friends or want to strengthen the friendships you already have, the 101 personal stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Us Girls will give you the courage and inspiration to find and build the friendships that every woman wants in her life. Here are five ways to help you make great friends.

1. Don’t be afraid to reach out. When Shawnelle Eliasen became friends with Michelle, she was surprised to find out Michelle wasn’t just friends with women who were married and had children, like her, but was friends with all sorts of people: single, married, lots of kids, no kids, even people going through divorce and addiction. When Michelle moved away, Shawnelle took the lessons from Michelle and started reaching out to people she usually wouldn’t have tried to become friends with. "I began to stretch out. Look beyond my own age, life stage, and circumstance," Shawnelle writes. "Before too long I had older friends. Friends without children. Single friends. Friends whose lives were very different from mine. And the blessing was sweet."

2. Your first impression may be wrong. Waitressing at a family restaurant, Lori Zenker hoped to find a friend among the staff — "someone just like me, with similar values and interests." Lori, a preacher’s wife, didn’t expect that person to be a self-proclaimed atheist named Melynda. But then Lori learned she and Melynda had a lot in common. "We bonded over our interests in vintage things, art and gardening," Lori writes. "Soon, we were inseparable, spending every weekend together." Their different beliefs didn’t matter. "I’ve learned that when you’re looking for a girlfriend, don’t bother looking for someone just like you," she writes, "because what you really need might be just the opposite!"

3. You can say goodbye to a bad friendship. After her monthly lunch date with a friend, Noelle Sterne left feeling irritated. To figure out why, she journaled the experience and realized her friend had ranted and raved the entire time. "In the past, sometimes I’d sympathized with her constant diatribes and even joined in. But then I’d come home with a headache," Noelle writes. "Today, I now saw, was no different." She finally admitted to herself that their friendship had changed, and not for the better. "She’d been a friend so many years, and we used to have such fun. But the truths scribbled out in my journal couldn’t be denied," Noelle writes. "It was time to say goodbye."

4. Get out of your comfort zone. Barbara LoMonaco’s husband and son loved Corvettes. When they wanted her to join the local Corvette club with them, she didn’t think she would have any fun. The group turned out to be really social, and eventually Barbara became the president and her other women friends from the club filled all the other board member positions. "We planned many activities — day runs for wine tasting, brunch, or dinner, museum trips to keep the guys happy, even overnight runs that have taken us completely across the United States and back. We have seen a lot of this amazing and diverse country," Barbara says. "And the car club I had no interest in brought me a great group of girlfriends."

5. Say yes to adventure. When Jeanne Blandford and her daughter learned their friend was making a midnight run from Connecticut to Virginia to pick up a male goat for a herd of females, they decided to join her! "Like two little kids just invited for an impromptu sleepover, we left the table, ran upstairs, packed a quick overnight bag and met back downstairs within minutes," Jeanne writes. They had a great time talking and laughing during the long drive there and back, even with that smelly male goat as a companion. The road trip gave the three women time to connect and talk, more so than if they stuck with their original plan to just have dinner. Their friend, Lauren, could open up about her recent breakup. "It was good for Lauren to be able to talk to us about this unexpected turn in her life," Jeanne writes. And one adventure leads to another — Jeanne writes, "We were ready for another mating mission."

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