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Cherie Burbach's 100 Simple Ways to Have More Friends begins with a short discussion on the many facets of loneliness, one's inability at finding friends. It then jumps to the first way to befriend others – be adept at small talk. Volunteering is the next suggested way, as well as having a dog, becoming a good listener, visiting gyms, attending reunions being some of the other ninety-nine imaginative but simple ways recommended by Cherie. The key to having more friends, as the author points out, is in increasing the number of people you come across on a regular basis, in addition to holding on to the ones you already have.
Cherie Burbach's 100 Simple Ways to Have More Friends is full of easy and creative suggestions to nurture new friendships while cementing the existing ones. Encouraging one and all that failure to have friends should not be seen as a commentary on one's ineptitude or incapability in social transactions, she rightly explains the essential and winning approach - take interest in others’ welfare. Her other suggestion, that one should avoid displaying general bitterness just because something bad has happened, is another tip worth its weight in gold. Cherie’s perspective on finding laudable acts of exchange of ideas and emotional needs in simple daily activities, coupled with a good chapter on how it can actually be put to use, make this book an essential read. Those without friends can find fresh ones in a jiffy and those already with friends can make sure to maintain their existing friendships.