Are You A Great Friend?
In Living on October 17, 2011 at 7:17 am
It seems like quarter-lifers could use a friendship refresher. We spend so much time focusing on ourselves—our next life step; how to build our career; how to have a happy relationship; how to achieve our goals and dreams—that a lot of Liminas women forget to focus on some of the basics, like being a good friend.
Being a good friend is usually intuitive, but sometimes we need a friendship tune-up. Below are five qualities of a great friend. What kind of friend are you?
Make Time for Friends
Everyone is busy. A great friend is busy, but still manages to make time for others. Good friends know that friendships make your life better. They don’t see friendships as a waste of time, an obligation, or something to pay attention to only when they need a favor. To that end, they make time even when they’re extremely busy by proactively keeping in touch and making sure they’re accomodating and flexible to their friends’ schedules and varied interests. Great friends remember that a friendship isn’t only about them and they make an active effort to mesh with their friends’ lives.
Give Support Freely
Great friends are happy for their friends and supportive of their decisions. A great friend rallies behind you when you need a few words of encouragement, and stands by you when you make a life-changing decision. While friends might not always agree with the things you are doing, they support you all the same. They are there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on or somebody to celebrate with.
Know How to Have Fun
Life is intense and everyone needs an outlet. That’s where friends come in. Each of us defines “having a great time” differently, but your best friends know exactly how to have fun with you. A great friend is accommodating and is willing to do things she might not love sometimes because she knows they matter to you and you’ll return the favor.