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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Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sense of Humor

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Honest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going

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Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Silly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Silly

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Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Communicator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friend With "benefits&quo... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Friend With "benefits"

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