INTRODUCTION

From Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend's Soul

Introduction

Like a bouquet of fresh spring flowers, Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul is sure to soothe the senses and delight the mind’s eye. The unique fragrance of feminine friendship pervades each story, carefully handpicked by the editors and a national readers’ panel. The resulting arrangement is a profusion of color that captures significant moments from all walks of the garden of life.

In this book you’ll discover seeds of familiarity, like simple acts of kindness first sown in childhood that have grown into heartwarming memories. You’ll find evidence of the enduring roots of lifelong friendships that can withstand even the harshest storm.

Friendship blooms in all life phases and in some unexpected places—among classmates and professional colleagues, between the young and the young-at-heart, in backyards and boardrooms, at sleepovers and in shopping malls. It can blossom in the midst of a women’s group or even in the huddle of a mother and daughter at the kitchen table, where family love triumphs over life’s problems and challenges.

The stories in Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul are like fertile soil, rich in relationships and life lessons of love and kindness. They tell how girlfriends help each other through good times and bad. They are there for marriages and breakups, illness and well-being, triumphs and losses. They turn every day into a celebration. They are a listening ear, a kind voice, strength when it is most needed.

These stories teach us not only to cherish and nurture the friendships we have, but even more, to realize that we have an awesome power: With a kind word or gesture, we can reach out so that we are no longer strangers, but attentive witnesses of those miraculous first buds of friendship.

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