thought provoking The Best Qualities in a Friend  

Lauren Slocum
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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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848 49
Honest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest

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2
819 48
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sense of Humor

3
736 39
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Loyal

4
703 42
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

5
729 47
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Listener

6
696 44
Accepting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Accepting

7
689 47
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Kind

8
676 49
Good Character is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Character

9
642 45
Fun Loving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Fun Loving

10
604 44
Dependable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Dependable

11
616 46
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Encouraging

12
614 51
Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

13
537 48
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Helpful

14
535 50
Thoughtful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Thoughtful

15
584 72
Funny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Funny

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16
508 60
Interesting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Interesting

17
498 59
Authentic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Authentic

18
497 59
Empathetic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Empathetic

19
489 60
Nice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nice

20
507 72
Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental

21
462 60
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going

22
482 70
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Responsible

23
438 67
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Optimistic

24
360 48
Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Entertaining

25
362 60
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Intelligent

26
321 47
Generous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Generous

27
423 97
Shares Similar Interests is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Shares Similar Interests

28
330 63
Laid Back is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Laid Back

29
312 58
Selfless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Selfless

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308 58
Confident is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Confident

31
313 62
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Communicator

32
305 60
Creative is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Creative

33
297 57
Wise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wise

34
327 75
Silly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Silly

35
307 66
Adventurous is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Adventurous

36
275 57
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
250 60
Outgoing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Outgoing

38
256 81
Mischievous is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Mischievous

39
246 83
Sensitive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sensitive

40
240 80
Similar Beliefs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Beliefs

41
224 78
Innovative is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Innovative

42
227 84
Feisty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Feisty

43
214 84
Eccentric is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Eccentric

44
183 122
Globally Aware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Globally Aware

45
169 133
Similar Upbringing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Upbringing

46
12 24
Friend With "benefits&quo... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Friend With "benefits"

47
91 216
Wealthy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wealthy