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The Best Qualities in a Friend

“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
    593
    40

    Honest

  • 2
    567
    38

    Sense of Humor

  • 3
    534
    32

    Loyal

  • 4
    516
    36

    Good Listener

  • 5
    495
    33

    Respectful

  • 6
    479
    31

    Accepting

  • 7
    484
    35

    Kind

  • 8
    464
    36

    Good Character

  • 9
    439
    35

    Fun Loving

  • 10
    423
    31

    Encouraging

  • 11
    418
    32

    Dependable

  • 12
    419
    37

    Compassionate

  • 13
    376
    35

    Helpful

  • 14
    370
    34

    Thoughtful

  • 15
    393
    47

    Funny

  • 16
    336
    42

    Empathetic

  • 17
    339
    43

    Interesting

  • 18
    335
    42

    Nice

  • 19
    340
    46

    Authentic

  • 20
    341
    50

    Nonjudgmental

  • 21
    313
    41

    Easy Going

  • 22
    319
    50

    Responsible

  • 23
    299
    45

    Optimistic

  • 24
    248
    33

    Entertaining

  • 25
    251
    44

    Intelligent