Each day we wake up like a fully-charged Tesla. We tackle our morning with zippiness and overcome our hurdles mightily. But as the day wears on, our battery wears down. And by the end of the day, there’s not much energy left in our tank to enjoy life.

In addition to the terrain and the workload we carry, our battery’s big energy-suck are the people we encounter. We can’t avoid some people and conversations. They’re necessary.

But when it comes to so-called “friends,” we have a choice.

My simple friendship test is this: Does your “friend” fill your battery with energy or drain it?

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Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

I’m a retail architect that studies human behavior, perception, and decision-making. I’m fascinated with the intersection of where commerce and community meet.