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How To Be A True Friend

How To Be A True Friend

To have good friends, you need to be a good friend.  Sounds simple enough, right, but what does that look like?  Read on to find out about the top traits of a true friend.

Be Reliable — Being reliable builds trust – your friends should know that they can count on you to keep your word, be there when you’ll say you’ll be, and do what you say you’ll do.   Reliability shows respect.

Listen & Be Nonjudgmental — Non–judgmental listening means listening for understanding, putting your own views aside. Be careful not to criticize or judge the person who you are listening to.  Accept them for who they are and accept the things that they are struggling with.

Be Authentic — Authenticity is about staying true to yourself.  Showing your ‘colors’ no matter what.  An authentic person puts their friends around them at ease, in a comforting way and makes them feel as if they are at home.

Be Trustworthy — Be someone who is honest.  Be someone that can be entrusted with a friend’s personal knowledge and can be counted on not to share it with anyone else.   Trustworthiness is considered one of the most important traits of true friendship.   Others don’t need someone who is going to agree with them all the time.  They want and need that special friend who can be trusted to be upfront and to tell them what they are really thinking.

If you have friends, make sure that they know how much they mean to you. 

Check out all the benefits of having friends.


  • Makes Us Happy
  • Keep us sharp
  • Relieve Stress
  • Improve Our Health
  • Help Us Live Longer
  • Help Us Be Optimistic
  • Increase our sense of belonging and purpose
  • Improve our self-worth
  • Help us cope with traumas
  • Encourage us

Make more friends; you can never have too many.  The more the merrier! 


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  • LaShundra Robinson