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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1
831 49
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sense of Humor

2
859 53
Honest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest

3
750 41
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Loyal

4
717 43
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

5
741 48
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Listener

6
705 45
Accepting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Accepting

7
700 48
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Kind

8
685 50
Good Character is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Character

9
650 46
Fun Loving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Fun Loving

10
624 48
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Encouraging

11
612 47
Dependable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Dependable

12
622 52
Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

13
545 50
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Helpful

14
544 51
Thoughtful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Thoughtful

The Best Qualities in a Man

15
590 73
Funny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Funny

16
512 61
Interesting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Interesting

17
503 60
Empathetic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Empathetic

18
504 61
Authentic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Authentic

19
495 61
Nice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nice

20
467 61
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going

21
512 74
Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental

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22
487 72
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Responsible

23
442 68
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Optimistic

24
364 49
Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Entertaining

25
367 61
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Intelligent

26
325 48
Generous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Generous

27
431 98
Shares Similar Interests is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Shares Similar Interests

28
333 64
Laid Back is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Laid Back

The Best Qualities in a Woman

29
315 59
Selfless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Selfless

30
313 59
Confident is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Confident

31
315 63
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Communicator

32
308 61
Creative is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Creative

33
300 58
Wise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wise

34
311 67
Adventurous is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Adventurous

35
330 76
Silly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Silly

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36
279 58
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
254 61
Outgoing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Outgoing

38
259 83
Mischievous is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Mischievous

39
250 84
Sensitive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sensitive

40
244 81
Similar Beliefs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Beliefs

41
227 79
Innovative is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Innovative

42
230 85
Feisty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Feisty

43
216 87
Eccentric is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Eccentric

44
187 123
Globally Aware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Globally Aware

45
171 135
Similar Upbringing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Upbringing

46
94 221
Wealthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wealthy