Qualities of a Good Friend

All throughout elementary, middle, and high school we have all gained and lost friends but only one remained by your side. That someone is your best friend. Someone that’ll be there for you, believe in you and make you smile no matter what. Even though there are challenges and fights along the way, you guys get through them because the bond that was created is unbreakable. I shine at being a best friend because I experience and express empathy for others, and my trustworthiness.

To commence, I experience and express empathy for others. Empathy is the ability to understand what is going on with a friend, to recognize how he or she is feeling, and to interact and respond accordingly. The ability to be non-judgmental, which ties into empathy, reflects our ease in accepting a friend’s choices, regardless of how they may differ from our own. My best friend’s past relationships and her encounters with other people have affected how she has seen herself. The anguish, and heartache they caused her cut deeper than glass. She thought less of herself and felt as if she didn’t deserve to be loved or cared for by anyone because of how she was treated and talked to by her exes and who she thought where her friends. I aspired to change that. As her best friend it was my duty to be her confidant and her “knight in shining armor”.

Furthermore, I am trustworthy. Trustworthiness is a major key in any social relationship. Any infraction, despite your intent, can destroy a relationship. Trustworthiness encompasses multiple elements including, honesty, dependability, and loyalty. Being able to trust another person involves being comfortable with vulnerability. If you have difficulty sharing your authentic self with a friend, it is doubtful your friend will be easily willing to do this for you. Although each play a key role in a relationship, honest and dependability are the crucial key to maintaining a relationship.

Moreover, honesty involves that we speak sincerely from the heart and absorb fairness into our words. Being dependable means that friends can count on you to be there when you say you will, to do what you say you will, and to be willing to stand up for friends, especially when they can’t stand for themselves. If you are as likely to let friends down as come through for them, the relationship often becomes superficial, less engaging, and even resentment provoking, if it’s doesn’t end altogether. Loyalty is valued early on in all of our relationships. From the time we make our first friendships. We need friends who won’t spill our secrets to others and gossip about us, or allow others to criticize us.