Awwwwwww, Dan, you’re in my group of friends (not sure if it’s a circle? more like a blob haha) and I greatly value you I think you’re wonderful.
I don’t think there’s much of a problem of you taking these sorts of things personally. You’re a genuinely caring and thoughtful person (people who might say otherwise can go eff themselves, because I’ve experienced your kindness personally).
I, on the other hand, know that I am not very outward in expressing my feelings of friendship, concern, etc. I’m working on it now, though. But please know that if people were being negative to you that I’d have your back. 🙂