How to Be the Friend You Wish You Had
Friends are the most prized people in one’s life. None can deny the pleasures, happiness and joys that good friends bring into life. We all desire to have someone with whom we can be just ourselves, without the fear of being judged.
Each one of us wants to have a friend with whom they could share almost everything without holding inhibitions. However, not everyone knows how to be a good friend.
Remember to treat your friend in the same way you as would like to be treated by others if you want to share a great bond. It may seem difficult to be a better friend always but here are some effective tips to help you become one.
To be a better friend, you need to understand the way your friend reacts, behaves and thinks. Without mutual understanding of one’s problems, challenges, behavioral patterns and thought-process, the friendship is unlikely to last for long. You can share a comfort zone with the other person if you are empathetic towards them.
Establish trust and keep secrets.
If your friend trusts you enough to tell her secrets to you then make sure that you do not break her trust. No matter how tempted you get to spread the juicy gossip you heard from your friend, it is best not to let open the secret to others. Your friend will never trust you again once you break it by revealing her secrets to others. Trust is the most important factor in friendship and if you cannot keep it then you can never be a good and reliable friend of others.
Stay beside your friend in tough times
Tough times show us who cares enough to stand up for us and whodoesn't. Therefore, stand up for your friends when you notice something wrong happening to her. Speak for him/her if she is too scared to stand up for himself/herself and motivate her to come out of darkness. Do not move away from your friend if he/she faces a crisis. Provide support in any possible form that you can in times of need to your friend and show that you love him/her despite the odds. He/She will be willing to return the favor in your times of need.
Be involved during big decisions of your friend’s life
Stand beside your friend as a pillar of strength when there is some upheaval in his/her life. Get involved and show your care when circumstances turn adverse.
Be a good listener
Be prepared to be a punching bag when your friend needs to vent out all her frustrations. Listen to his/her problems attentively and try to help him/her out with feasible solutions. When you listen to your friend, he/she will be willing to open up him/her heart out every time he/she faces a confusion or problem.
Avoid talking negatively about your friend
If you want to be a better friend, never talk about someone's behind her back. Let others talk what they want to but you do not indulge in back bitching and negative gossiping about your friend with others.
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