What does it mean to be a true friend? Don’t wait for others to be friendly, show them how!
A friend is not always someone you meet. A friend can be a family member, significant other, or spouse. Friends are brought together by bonds they share, common interests and wanting to see the best for one another. Whether distance is the issue, or busy schedules, make time for your friends. Take the time to nurture a lasting friendship, however be sure it’s not a toxic one. In order to have a good friend, you must be one!
Now, what does it mean to be a true friend? Here are a few pointers to know if you are or have true friends.
- Displaying the qualities you want reciprocated from your friend
- Being honest by not being afraid to tell one another the truth
- Always be there for your friend
- Listening with a nonjudgmental ear
- Cheering your friend up when he/she is down
- Being fun or serious when needed
- Improving and motivating your friend
- Taking ownership for your actions
- Being vulnerable and allow your friend to do the same; ego has no place in a friendship
- Being happy (genuinely) when your friend receives, achieves, or desires something
- Being forgiving, loving, trustworthy and respectful
- Accepting your friend for who he/she is, without stipulations
- Not holding grudges over miniature disagreements, and don’t be afraid to apologize when you’ve made a mistake
- Being dependable
- Always love and support your friend, in the same way you would for yourself
- Last, but not least, don’t run a background check on your friend (loyalty is everything) #NoShade #TrueTea
If you are doing all of the above, you are a super friend with super friends!