Having good friends makes you happy, and being a good friend to others makes them happy too. Think about your friendships: are you a good friend? Are your friends good friends to you?
Good friends make you feel good
Good friends say and do things that make you feel good, they give you compliments, praise you and are happy for you.
Good friends support each other
If you are feeling down, a good friend will support you. If you need help, a good friend will try to help you out.
Good friends don’t always have everything in common
Everyone is different, and has different hobbies and interests. Even if you don’t like the exact same things, a good friend will encourage you rather than make you feel bad because you like a different band, activity, TV show, or pet! A good friend understands that sometimes you have to do your own thing, and they like to do the things you have in common.
Good friends listen
A good friend lets you talk and doesn’t interrupt. They are interested in what you have to say.
Good friends are trustworthy
If you tell a good friend something private, they won’t share it. You can trust a good friend not to be judgmental.
Good friends handle conflict with respect and respect boundaries
Sometimes you and your friend may disagree about something. You may have said or done something that upset your friend. A good friend will tell you if you did something that hurt him or her. If you tell a good friend that he or she hurt you, he or she will be sorry and won’t do it again.
Good friendships go both ways
It’s not a good friendship if one of you talks all the time and the other listens all the time. Good friends make each other feel good, rather than having one friend get all the compliments and the other one give them all the time. In a good friendship, you make the other feel good!
Have a group of friends
Don’t limit yourself to one “best friend.” Your friendship is something special that you can share with anyone who needs a friend! Sometimes friends grow apart or fall out. This is a part of life. If you have more than one friend, there’s a better chance there’s someone who can help you when you need it. Check out our guide on how to make new friends to find new people in your life to share your friendship with.
Friends, not followers
In the digital world, you may feel under pressure to have lots of friends and followers. Remember thatyou only need a small circle of friends to be happy, and that it’s good to reserve your most precious (and private) thoughts and moments for those who truly love you.
Help me! I have a bad friend!
There may be times when you realize that someone you considered a friend has not been a good friend to you. Our page on friendships and sworn enemies gives you tips on what you can do in this situation.