10 Qualities Of A True Friend…

10 Qualities Of A True Friend

“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” -Paramahansa Yogananda

From the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world, to those who have very little, everyone wants to have meaningful relationships.

And though many people want that, not many people actually give that friendship themselves.



Here’s how to be a true friend, and get that kind of friendship yourself:

1. Be Supportive

Everyone goes through changes and phases, and we’re not always gonna believe those are the right decisions. But when we support those (safe) choices, we empower our friends and friendship.

2. Listen

Anyone can talk, but not everyone can listen. This is one of the most important qualities for any friendship.



3. Be Playful

Real friends don’t just talk about the serious stuff. You gotta have fun and let loose too!

4. Accept

Without conditions or restrictions, accept your friend for who they are. This will go a long way to building a long-term friendship.

5. Let Them Know when They’re Wrong

If you friend is doing something that’s seriously wrong and doesn’t make sense, let them know. It’s important to bring things to attention and clarify when something is not right. This is a way of helping one another.

6. Be Vulnerable

In order to have a truly deep friendship, you gotta open up and let yourself be seen for who you really are; you have to let your friend know you trust them with your true self.

7. Respect Boundaries

Everyone needs space once in a while. If your friend needs time with their significant other or just time to relax, respect that. Let it be. You’ll both be better for it.

8. Keep in Touch

This is a big one. It’s so easy to get lost in our busy world…but the truth is, at the end of our days, we won’t regret making more money, but that we didn’t spend more time with friends and family.

9. Apologize

If you’re wrong, say it. Be frank with your faults and issues. Someone that can admit they’re wrong is a great friend.

10. Help Them Grow

A true friend helps define those around them. Whether they push them forward to achieve their goals or just offer helpful suggestions, growth is an important facet of living, and helps everyone to feel truly happy.

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Matt Caron

Matt is the content manager of the Sivana blog, an enthusiastic Yoga teacher, and life voyager. He strives to inspire conscious living and conscious dialogue- not only for others but for himself. He's the founder of TheYogaBlog.com. You can find him on Facebook.

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