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!

list ordered by

1
787 44
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Loyal

2
895 57
Honest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest

3
866 55
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sense of Humor

4
772 50
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Listener

5
747 48
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

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

7
733 51
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Kind

8
714 53
Good Character is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Character

9
679 49
Fun Loving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Fun Loving

10
651 49
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Encouraging

11
638 49
Dependable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Dependable

12
646 55
Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

13
562 51
Thoughtful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Thoughtful

14
567 52
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Helpful

15
609 75
Funny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Funny

16
521 63
Authentic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Authentic

17
528 65
Interesting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Interesting

18
520 64
Empathetic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Empathetic

19
512 64
Nice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nice

20
485 63
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going

21
527 76
Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental

22
499 78
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Responsible

23
461 71
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Optimistic

24
380 53
Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Entertaining

25
340 53
Generous is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Generous

26
380 68
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Intelligent

27
448 100
Shares Similar Interests is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Shares Similar Interests

28
346 68
Laid Back is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Laid Back

29
329 62
Selfless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Selfless

30
334 65
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Communicator

31
325 63
Confident is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Confident

32
330 69
Adventurous is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Adventurous

33
320 66
Creative is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Creative

34
346 78
Silly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Silly

35
310 64
Wise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wise

36
295 62
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
268 65
Outgoing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Outgoing

38
268 91
Mischievous is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Mischievous

39
259 90
Sensitive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sensitive

40
255 88
Similar Beliefs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Beliefs

41
235 85
Innovative is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Innovative

42
240 93
Feisty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Feisty

43
226 92
Eccentric is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Eccentric

44
192 131
Globally Aware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Globally Aware

45
179 144
Similar Upbringing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Similar Upbringing

46
98 237
Wealthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wealthy