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Embarrassing Moments: Helping A Friend

Okay, so something really embarrassing just happened to your friend. What should you do?

If your friend starts laughing, then it's a pretty safe bet that you can laugh too. Now you'll have a funny story to share.

Sometimes your friend seems really upset, even though you think what just happened is hilarious and want to crack up. In these cases, try to remember the golden rule, and do to others what you want done to you. In other words: if you are cruel to your friends when they mess up, they might just return the favor.

A real friend won't point out embarrassment to others or act mean by making hurtful jokes. A real friend will let the moment slide. That way, when that person goofs up or gets into a cringe situation, you'll be likely to let it pass too. It's like saying, "Remember the time when you split your shorts in gym class? I didn't tell anyone about that. I need you to do the same for me now." Give a friend a break in an embarrassing moment. The next time you find yourself in a similar situation, you'll be glad you did.

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