culture The Best Qualities in a Friend  

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“A good friend is hard to find,” said millions of people, in millions of different ways. And it’s true! Making friends is hard. There’s a big difference between your best friends and all the random people in your Facebook and Instagram feeds. You may see someone everyday and enjoy their company, but if they’re lacking some of the characteristics of a good friend that are most important to you, it's hard to move past that surface friendship stage (the stage where you'd rather finish War and Peace than spend time with them). So what are the qualities of a best friend you look for when you meet new people?
 

A real friend is someone with whom you should be able to share your thoughts, your jokes, your opinions, and your feelings, without feeling threatened. Whether you’ve known this person your whole life, or just a couple of years, you trust them, you share similar values, and to top it all off, you have tons of fun together. It’s usually pretty easy to spot the special connection that happens between two people who really get each other. Together, you hash out the complexities of life, you get into trouble, and you'll defend your friend even if you don't technically agree with them.
 

Your best friends should be encouraging, but they should also be able to tell you when you’re acting like an idiot. Your best friends shouldn’t hold you back, they should help you move forward while giving you their honest opinions. You should be able to laugh with them, cry with them, and they should be the type of people you can call from the bathroom on a bad date, or when you’re broken down on the side of the freeway waiting for AAA.


So what should you look for when you make new friends? How does one meet friends worthy of seeing you in your underwear or watching Mighty Ducks marathons together on Netflix? We’ve compiled a list of our top qualities in a best friend and we want your opinion. Rank the qualities you find most important, and add any qualities you think we’ve missed!
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793 44
Honest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest

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2
780 43
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sense of Humor

3
690 36
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Loyal

4
666 38
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

5
657 41
Accepting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Accepting

6
692 46
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Listener

7
653 41
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Kind

8
618 38
Fun Loving is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Fun Loving

9
648 46
Good Character is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Character

10
577 40
Dependable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Dependable

11
590 44
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Encouraging

12
586 48
Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

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511 44
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Helpful

14
509 47
Thoughtful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Thoughtful

15
561 70
Funny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Funny

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486 57
Interesting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Interesting

17
476 56
Authentic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Authentic

18
469 55
Nice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nice

19
473 57
Empathetic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Empathetic

20
485 68
Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental

21
439 57
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going

22
463 66
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Responsible

23
418 62
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Optimistic

24
343 45
Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Entertaining

25
338 57
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Intelligent

26
301 46
Generous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Generous

27
408 91
Shares Similar Interests is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Shares Similar Interests

28
315 61
Laid Back is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Laid Back

29
295 55
Selfless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Selfless

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292 57
Confident is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Confident

31
297 62
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Communicator

32
312 71
Silly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Silly

33
286 59
Creative is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Creative

34
280 57
Wise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wise

35
292 64
Adventurous is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Adventurous

36
260 56
Comfortable in Their Own Skin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Comfortable in Their Own Skin

37
235 60
Outgoing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Outgoing

38
245 78
Mischievous is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Mischievous

39
234 78
Sensitive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sensitive

40
228 78
Similar Beliefs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Beliefs

41
212 75
Innovative is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Innovative

42
216 79
Feisty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Feisty

43
205 80
Eccentric is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Eccentric

44
175 116
Globally Aware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Globally Aware

45
161 127
Similar Upbringing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Upbringing

46
8 11
Friend With "benefits&quo... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
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83 206
Wealthy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wealthy