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November 7, 2015

Many of us think we know how to be supportive when a friend is going through a tough time. We might offer our condolences, swap in a story of our own, or even buy them a drink. But what do friends really want from us when life throws them a hurdle?

Our data-based answer: while it varies from situation to situation, most people want empathy and sympathy, and people often want to have their feelings validated by a friend who can also offer a do...

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