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
846 48
Honest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest

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2
734 38
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Loyal

3
816 48
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sense of Humor

4
701 41
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

5
726 47
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Listener

6
694 43
Accepting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Accepting

7
686 46
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Kind

8
673 49
Good Character is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Character

9
641 45
Fun Loving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Fun Loving

10
603 44
Dependable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Dependable

11
615 46
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Encouraging

12
613 51
Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

13
536 48
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Helpful

14
534 50
Thoughtful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Thoughtful

15
583 72
Funny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Funny

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16
507 60
Interesting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Interesting

17
497 59
Authentic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Authentic

18
496 59
Empathetic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Empathetic

19
488 60
Nice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nice

20
506 72
Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental

21
461 60
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going

22
481 70
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Responsible

23
437 67
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Optimistic

24
359 48
Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Entertaining

25
361 60
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Intelligent

26
320 47
Generous is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Generous

27
422 97
Shares Similar Interests is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Shares Similar Interests

28
329 63
Laid Back is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Laid Back

29
311 58
Selfless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Selfless

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30
307 58
Confident is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Confident

31
312 62
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Communicator

32
304 60
Creative is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Creative

33
296 57
Wise is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wise

34
326 75
Silly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Silly

35
306 66
Adventurous is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Adventurous

36
274 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
249 60
Outgoing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Outgoing

38
255 81
Mischievous is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Mischievous

39
245 83
Sensitive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sensitive

40
239 80
Similar Beliefs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Beliefs

41
223 78
Innovative is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Innovative

42
226 84
Feisty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Feisty

43
213 84
Eccentric is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Eccentric

44
182 122
Globally Aware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Globally Aware

45
168 133
Similar Upbringing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Upbringing

46
12 23
Friend With "benefits&quo... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Friend With "benefits"

47
91 215
Wealthy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wealthy