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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

12 ways to be a good friend

Thanks to Brooke Cagle for the beautiful visual representation.
Overtime, as you start to grow old, you realise what common qualities all good friends have. In this post I have twelve ways you can be a good friend. 

Listen.
The biggest trait of a good friend is to always listen. Even if it’s hard. Sometimes we all need someone to just have a good rant in front of and to let all of our emotions out. Your friend may be going through a tough time and may need to confront in you. You may be the only person to help them so just listen to what they have to say. 
Just be there.
You don’t even have to say anything or do something, just be there for your friend.  That’s all that matters: being there when a friend needs you. Sometimes nothing even goes wrong and all we want is someone to be there with us. 
Look out for them.
Always have your friends back and just look out for them. 
Advice (not always though).
Give them advice when they need it and leave it if they don’t want to take it. They need to make mistakes sometimes in order to learn. You’re not a qualified counsellor so just be their friend and guide them when you can. And, even if you can’t then that’s okay too. Friends don’t always have an answer to everything. 
Trust.
Don’t break their promises or trust. Something that is hard to get back if it’s broken, is trust. 
Be honest.
Be honest and never lie to your good friend. If you’re really friends then you would be honest with them about everything and anything and be there though it all. Honesty is always the best way. If your friend asks your opinion on something then be honest, even if your friends hair is messy or something is wrong- let them know. 
Stick with them through everything.
Friends live through all the moments together. They stick together through thin and thick. Even if you’re miles apart you’ll still always be connected.
Don’t live just to please them.
If you live just to please your friend then you need to reconsider if they are really your friend. Don’t live just to make your friend happy. You both should be getting something out of the friendship, it shouldn’t be one sided.
Be truthful even if it hurts.
Be truthful even if it hurts. And, if your really good friends then you wouldn’t let the truth or different opinions get in the way of your friendship.
A little protective.
It’s totally fine to be a little protective but remember you can’t protect them forever and they need to live their own life, just as you need to live your own. So, don't become possessive. 
Make memories and have fun.
Good friends make memories, have a laugh and have fun. Capture the good and bad and remain in each other’s life even if you don’t see each other all the time.
Space.
It’s crucial for any relationship to give one another space and let each other live their own life. 

How do you stay a good friend? What is the top thing you have learnt from friendships?
Share your thoughts by commenting below.

Thanks for reading!
Until next time, take care and keep smiling.
Ramshaa Rose
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