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

2
765 42
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Loyal

3
874 55
Honest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest

4
752 49
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Listener

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728 47
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

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720 46
Accepting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Accepting

7
716 48
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Kind

8
697 51
Good Character is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Character

9
660 47
Fun Loving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Fun Loving

10
634 48
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Encouraging

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621 48
Dependable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Dependable

12
633 52
Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

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554 51
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Helpful

14
550 51
Thoughtful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Thoughtful

The Best Qualities in a Man

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598 74
Funny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Funny

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512 60
Empathetic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Empathetic

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519 62
Interesting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Interesting

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510 62
Authentic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Authentic

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502 62
Nice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nice

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473 62
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going

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517 75
Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental

Black Panther Movie Quotes

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490 74
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Responsible

23
449 68
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Optimistic

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370 51
Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Entertaining

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372 63
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Intelligent

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330 51
Generous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Generous

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435 99
Shares Similar Interests is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Shares Similar Interests

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338 65
Laid Back is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Laid Back

The Best Qualities in a Woman

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321 60
Selfless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Selfless

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316 61
Confident is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Confident

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322 64
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Communicator

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312 62
Creative is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Creative

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320 67
Adventurous is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Adventurous

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302 61
Wise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wise

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335 78
Silly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Silly

The Scariest Animals in the World

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286 59
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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259 63
Outgoing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Outgoing

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262 85
Mischievous is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Mischievous

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253 85
Sensitive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sensitive

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247 83
Similar Beliefs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Beliefs

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229 81
Innovative is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Innovative

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235 86
Feisty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Feisty

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220 88
Eccentric is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Eccentric

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189 125
Globally Aware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Globally Aware

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173 138
Similar Upbringing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Upbringing

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96 225
Wealthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wealthy