SELF-HELP

The Art of Showing Up: How To Be There for Yourself and Your People

Experiment. May 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781615196616. pap. $16.95. SELF-HELP
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Miller, senior lifestyle editor at BuzzFeed, defines showing up as the core of creating and maintaining strong meaningful bonds with friends, family, coworkers, and internet pals. She begins by suggesting a set of values to uphold when showing up for yourself, such as developing intuition, self-awareness, and vulnerability, and proceeds to provide ways to make and keep connections with others, such as being generous with one’s attention, supporting others’ goals, and making time for family and friends even though our lives are busy. Advice that is particularly sound includes the “dos and don’ts” of what to say to a friend going through a big life event and how to have a difficult conversation with a friend.
VERDICT Excellent tips for forging relationships with others and becoming an even better “old” friend.

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