How do I help my 7-year-old who feels left out when his friends won't play or sit with him?

Q: My 7-year-old said he sat by his friend and his friend moved away and sat by a different friend. He was very hurt and didn't understand why. I told him that he should sit by one of his other friends, or he should just sit wherever he wants and let his friend sit next to him if they want to. This is not a new issue with him being and/or feeling left out. I want him to be secure and comfortable in himself without needing others to make him feel worthy of their attention. Please help. Thank you.

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