At some point in every friendship, there’s a moment where you wonder, “Am I being a good friend?”
In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to assume that everything’s just fine. You have a fun group of pals who seem to enjoy you and nearly every minute with them is a good time.
But the more time you spend around others – and the closer you become – the messier things can get. Messy isn’t bad, it just is.
Long-term friendships are incredibly rewarding, but must practice these eight habits in order to last for the long haul.
Check out these characteristics and add your own thoughts in the comments below.
1. You talk about the important stuff.
Ahhh life’s big questions. Even the closest friends are bound have a different understanding of the world and the way it works. Use this learning opportunity to step outside your box and get some great perspective.
2. You share responsibility.
There is always one friend in the group who ends up planning everything. The trouble is, eventually they get tired of doing it all the time. Make an effort to help plan a night out with everyone. This is your chance to switch it up and make your friend’s day.
3. You’re open and honest.
The most important part of any relationship is honesty. Your friends have to know they can trust you, and that means following through in the little things. If they can trust you with the small stuff, transparency and openness will follow.
4. You’re willing to have tough conversations now and again.
When people spend lots of time together things can get messy.
5. You are able to trust.
Have you ever had a friend you just didn’t trust? Maybe it was that overheard conversation or mistakenly seen text message that hurt their credibility, but warranted or not it’s hard to trust again.
The key to trust is forgiveness. “Even if” or “even when” or “even though” they do something to break faith, forgive them anyway. Trust will build and be returned.
6. You keep your promises.
The best way to show someone you care is to follow up on what you say you’ll do. Keep your plans and they’ll keep you around.
7. You try to be a positive influence
People are starving for positivity. If your outlook on life is positive, likeminded people will come your way. Everyone has hungry, tired and grumpy moments but use them to build others up. They’ll notice!
8. You would do anything for your friend
When it comes right down to it, you’d jump in front a bullet for your friends. Hopefully, the situation would never arise, but the fact remains. You’ve invested time, energy and a whole lot of love into that relationship. Don’t let it go to waste.
Share this list to start a conversation with your friends today!