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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882 56
Honest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest

2
856 53
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sense of Humor

3
774 44
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Loyal

4
760 50
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Listener

5
725 46
Accepting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Accepting

6
735 48
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

7
722 50
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Kind

8
704 52
Good Character is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Character

9
667 48
Fun Loving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Fun Loving

10
640 49
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Encouraging

11
627 49
Dependable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Dependable

12
637 54
Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

13
555 51
Thoughtful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Thoughtful

14
559 52
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Helpful

15
601 74
Funny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Funny

16
523 63
Interesting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Interesting

17
514 63
Empathetic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Empathetic

18
513 63
Authentic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Authentic

19
505 63
Nice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nice

20
477 63
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going

21
520 76
Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental

22
494 76
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Responsible

23
455 70
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Optimistic

24
374 52
Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Entertaining

25
335 51
Generous is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Generous

26
376 66
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Intelligent

27
442 100
Shares Similar Interests is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Shares Similar Interests

28
341 67
Laid Back is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Laid Back

29
325 61
Selfless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Selfless

30
328 65
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Communicator

31
320 62
Confident is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Confident

32
326 67
Adventurous is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Adventurous

33
316 64
Creative is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Creative

34
306 62
Wise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wise

35
340 78
Silly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Silly

36
290 61
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
264 64
Outgoing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Outgoing

38
265 88
Mischievous is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Mischievous

39
258 86
Sensitive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sensitive

40
252 86
Similar Beliefs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Beliefs

41
232 83
Innovative is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Innovative

42
238 89
Feisty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Feisty

43
224 90
Eccentric is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Eccentric

44
190 129
Globally Aware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Globally Aware

45
176 142
Similar Upbringing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Upbringing

46
97 232
Wealthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wealthy