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Friend Gets Annoyed

Friend Gets Annoyed
I have a friend who gets kind of mad whenever I make a dumb joke or a funny smile or bounce my head to music. What should I do?

Reply from the Highlights Editors
You could try having a talk with your friend about this. You might say, "This is hard for me to talk about, but I think it's important to our friendship." Explain that you don't mean to annoy him when you do these things. Then listen to what he has to say. Maybe he thinks you are doing these things to make fun of him.

Each of us is different, and joking and bouncing to music are parts of your personality. Your friend may become more accepting of these things after you've had a chance to talk this over.

Best wishes,
The Highlights Editors