how to be a good friend.

Updated: Jun 3

There are many different qualities that make a friend - but when do you know that you are a good friend?

group of friends on top of a building looking at the view

Friendship is a blessing. Many people don’t seem to realise how lucky they are to have a stable support group around them who listen to their problems and encourage them - without paying the cost of a therapist! Anyone can be classed as a friend, but it takes more to be seen as a good friend.


Healthy friendships go both ways and as you’re learning to be a good friend, you are also teaching and inspiring others on how to become better ones. ‘In order to have a great friend, you must first be one.’


admirable traits in a friend.


trust.

With certain people, you just know you could go to them if anything was playing on your mind, or you needed to vent or tell them a secret. They will listen and keep this information to themselves. Trust is a two-way street and when you open up to someone and trust them, they’re likely to do the same. By showing your friend that you trust them, your relationship will grow.


loyalty.

Everyone goes through bad times and sometimes you’re not the best company, but good friends will be there for you through the good and the bad. Friends should want what’s best for you, therefore if they’re honest about something, they only want the best of you.


communication.

Communication is key for any relationship, so by maintaining a good friendship, you have to speak up and let your voice be heard; let them know when they are in the wrong so that they can improve and learn from their mistakes. You’ll find that this will be reciprocated, giving you the chance to build on your character and become the best version of yourself.


conflict resolution.

Conflict may arise on the odd occasion as friendships hit a bump. Being a good friend means working through the conflict, listening to the misunderstandings and sorting out the problem. It also helps when you admit your mistakes and know when you are in the wrong - friendships grow stronger when people are honest. Don’t give up just because you are having difficulties and always treat people the way you like to be treated.


These are only some of the many different qualities that a good friend can possess. Remember to be yourself and surround yourself with people who allow you to be who you are and not someone else whilst also seeking the good in others. You never know when you’re going to meet a friend for life!


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