The 90s sitcom Friends, was a part of many of our lives for 10 years (unless you only binged-watched it recently on Netflix). Either way, there’s no doubt that the show gave you some insight into things you may struggle with, including financial issues, relationships, self-development etc.
The six main characters: Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Joey, were just regular young adults living in New York City. Their problems were realistic (well, most of them anyway), their emotions seemed genuine (top-notch acting skills, from all six) and we all took away at least a few lessons that stuck with us for years. That’s what made Friends so popular. We all felt that we were on a journey and learning with the six characters. Here are 15 of the most important life lessons that Friends taught us.
15 Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help
14 Life Involves Taking Risks
13 Dating Is Difficult
12 Honesty Is The Best Policy
11 Grow Old Gracefully
10 Follow Your Heart
9 Love Yourself For Who You Are
8 Give People A Chance, Don't Judge
7 Happiness Is A Choice
6 Life Will Never Be Perfect
5 Never Give Up On Your Dreams
4 Let The Walls Down, Express Yourself
3 Don’t Worry About What Others Think
2 You're Never Too Old To Try New Things
1 Laughter Is The Best Medicine
You could always count on Friends to make you laugh (in fact, if you want a list of some of the funniest episodes, check this out). If you paid attention, you’ll realize that all the characters went through some pretty tough times (Ross and all his divorces, Phoebe’s homelessness, Chandler’s broken family, Monica’s inability to have babies of her own, Rachel leaving her fiancée and working at a dead-end job for years, and Joey’s struggle to become a well-known actor). Yet, they still found a way to laugh at themselves (and sometimes at each other). Friends taught us that sometimes we don’t need to take everything so seriously, things will eventually work out and you’ll be happy as long as you look at things with a positive perspective.
Sources: RecapGuide, IMDB, Friends.Wikia
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