Friends Matter, for Life

Harnessing the 8 Tenets of Dynamic Friendship

In an age when authentic human bonds can seem transient and often in flux, the importance of creating and maintaining long-term friendships is more urgent than ever. But for many, traversing the ebbs and flows of such personal relationships feels overwhelming or outright unnavigable. Into this environment emerges Friends Matter, for Life, Dr. Kimberly Horn's literary debut that seeks to remedy the disconnects between us and strengthen the ties that lead to healthier, happier lives.

Utilizing science-backed research, thought-provoking prompts, and relatable stories, Dr. Horn presents a signature blend of the empirical and the emotional. Transcending traditional advice books in favor of a holistic, practical approach, the book is as usable as it is meditational. Thoroughly modern in substance and scope, Friends Matter, for Life is an invitation to dive deep into the ways friendships influence all aspects of our lives.

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ISBN: 979-8-89138-095-0
SKU: 18-1227-01
Categories:Self-Help, Family and Relationships

“Friendships are the antidote to loneliness. Kimberly Horn’s book, Friends Matter, for Life is an inspiring book that highlights the healing power of having friends. Her 8 tenets of friendship are thought-provoking and a guiding light on how we can nurture our friendships and grow our inner strength and well-being.”

—Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC, author of Everyday Awakening

“Dr. Horn’s compelling arguments over friendship shed light on the cornerstones of a meaningful life. Vital attributes of friendship like empathy illustrate basic human needs well into adulthood. The 8 tenets are a fascinating read and ensure deep meaning for those looking to find understanding and comfort in their connections. Thank you to Dr. Horn for her strong, refreshing, and vital literary contribution.”

—Najma Khorrami, MPH, author of A Spoonful of Gratitude

“Friendships are the cornerstone of life. In her new book, Dr. Kimberly Horn guides us through the dynamic process of evolving relationships and reminds us that being a friend to ourselves is the most important relationship of all.”

—Dana Killion, author of Where the Shadows Dance

“Kimberly Horn’s book couldn’t come at a better time. We’re facing what many are calling a global epidemic of loneliness and isolation. She reminds us that there are different types of friendships, all of which are important for us to nurture and not take for granted. She gives us leave to mourn but also release ourselves from those relationships that have become toxic. And she couches her suggestions within an actionable framework, coupled with forward-looking positive scenarios and introspective, reflective exercises.”

—Eileen Drage O’Reilly, former president, National Press Club (2023); science writer; Managing Editor of Standards & Training, Axios

“One of the most crucial skills you need as an adult is to know how to make new friends; yet nobody teaches you that. Until now. Dr. Kimberly Horn has the science-backed strategies you need for making real, lasting adult friendships.”

—Mel Robbins, New York Times bestselling author and host of The Mel Robbins Podcast

“In Friends Matter, for Life, Kimberly Horn masterfully addresses how crucial friendships are to health, offering a heartfelt, actionable guide to combating loneliness and nurturing the connections vital to our well-being.”

—Leana Wen, MD, newspaper columnist, television commentator, and author of Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health

“As much a call to action as a meditation on the importance of the people we choose to spend our lives with, Friends Matter, for Life is the antidote to modern feelings of loneliness and distance. Dr. Horn prompts us to think critically and emotionally about ourselves and the relationships we build with others, and in a sincere, authentic way.”

—Charlene Wheeless, author of You Are Enough! Reclaiming Your Career and Your Life with Purpose, Passion, and Unapologetic Authenticity

Dr. Kimberly Horn

Scientist, Professor, and Health Expert

An esteemed professor and research psychologist, Dr. Kimberly Horn has worked with top-tier academic institutions, including West Virginia University, The George Washington University, and Virginia Tech. Devoting her career to helping others lead healthier, happier, and more connected lives, she has conducted nearly three decades of health behavior research with an extensive publication record. Her contributions have garnered recognition and accolades on a global scale. Praised for her engaging and compassionate style, Dr. Horn has shared her work with diverse audiences, from community town hall meetings to large-scale international conferences. Her ability and intention to connect underscore her commitment to helping people understand the reasons behind certain health behaviors and navigate their complex social terrain™ with confidence.

Dr. Horn’s background sets the stage for her literary debut, Friends Matter, for Life. A natural extension of her work, the book addresses how integral friendships are to our emotional and physical well-being. At a time when the shadow of loneliness looms large in our world, Friends Matter, for Life emerges as a beacon of hope. Blending her in-depth understanding of health behavior with her natural love for storytelling, Dr. Horn instills trust as she guides readers toward a deeper intention to cultivate and appreciate friendship’s vital role in our adult lives.

Residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Horn cherishes life’s simple pleasures alongside her spouse and their delightfully fluffy doodle, a testament to the loving connections she values and writes about.

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