SIX Things You Need in a Good Friend

Good Friend
Women who are good friends laughing together on urban rooftop

Friendships are a vital component in the life of a campus lady because as humans, we are naturally wired to be social creatures. Our need for interaction with other humans is key to our survival. However, it is very possible to find some friendships being better than others. Today, we are often told that friendships are quantity over quality, but this should not be the case! One good friend can be worth 10 mediocre friends. When looking to make a new friend, here is a list of six things essential qualities that they should have, plus tips to help you become the best friend that you can be!

1. A Good Friend has Unquestionable Loyalty

Loyalty is unquestionably one of the most important qualities of a good friend. You need to know that this person will stick by your side no matter what and that their commitment to you is not fickle. The very best friends will help you out when you’re struggling, whether it’s with money, love, mental health difficulties or something else entirely.

In contrast, “fair weather friends” are ones who are only there when things are good for you and when you have plenty to give. This indicates that they’re only interested in what you can do for them and that they don’t value you as much as you deserve.

2. A Good Friend always comes from a Place of Love

It is important for a friend to always come from a place of unconditional love. Surround yourself with people who build you up with love and kindness. If your friends does something that upsets you, tell them, but tell them with love. If they did something shady towards someone else, tell them. WITH LOVE.

Having an open line of communication only enhances your relationship! Knowing you are being honest with someone and they are honest with you in return is important in building a friendship.

3. She Challenges you but Accepts you for who you are

A good friend would never stand and listen to anyone say a bad word about you. They know you inside and out, and accept your “flaws” as part of who you are. They love you for your silly habits and funny quirks. Challenge your friends to be a better person, too, in leading by example.

Strive to do things to a higher standard so they can be reach with you. Whether encouraging each other with through fitness goals, or doing little surprises for them; let them know you care!

4. Good Friends are Low-Maintenance Friends

Great friends quotes often point out how important it is for friends to be able to reconnect after time apart. In other words, your friend shouldn’t need your attention every minute of the day, and should be able to understand that you have lots of commitments.

One way to maximize your chances of creating low-maintenance friends is to seek our people with similar lifestyles. So, if you’re a parent then you might fit best with friends who also have children, and if you work long days then it can be helpful to hook up with people who also prioritize their career.

5. Good Sense of Humor is good for a friend

We all know those people that can make you laugh just by being in their presence. They make you feel like the funniest person in the world, because they understand you and your inside jokes. Sometimes, all that you need is to be in their presence to know that everything is going to be okay. Be yourself and let yourself have fun!

6. A Good Friend is Selfless

Look for a friend who is willing to put their issues aside to help you with yours. The person who will stay up all night crying with you just because you need to vent. They are the person who will laugh all night about nothing just because you need a good laugh after a long day.

Having someone who is willing to sympathize with you is a key quality in a friend. Take the time to listen to how your friends are feeling. Be the friend who will sit with them, listen to how the are feeling after a stressful day, laugh with them after they had a funny experience, or even be the shoulder that they need for a good cry.