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
890 56
Honest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest

2
863 53
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sense of Humor

3
783 44
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Loyal

4
768 50
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Listener

5
743 48
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

6
731 48
Accepting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Accepting

7
729 51
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Kind

8
710 53
Good Character is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Character

9
674 49
Fun Loving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Fun Loving

10
647 49
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Encouraging

11
634 49
Dependable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Dependable

12
644 55
Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend

13
561 51
Thoughtful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Thoughtful

14
566 52
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Helpful

15
607 75
Funny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Funny

16
520 63
Authentic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Authentic

17
527 65
Interesting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Interesting

18
519 64
Empathetic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Empathetic

19
511 64
Nice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nice

20
483 63
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going

21
526 76
Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental

22
498 78
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Responsible

23
460 71
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Optimistic

24
379 53
Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Entertaining

25
339 53
Generous is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Generous

26
379 68
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Intelligent

27
447 100
Shares Similar Interests is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Shares Similar Interests

28
345 68
Laid Back is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Laid Back

29
328 62
Selfless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Selfless

30
333 65
Good Communicator is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Communicator

31
324 63
Confident is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Confident

32
329 69
Adventurous is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Adventurous

33
319 66
Creative is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Creative

34
345 78
Silly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Silly

35
309 64
Wise is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Wise

36
294 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 90
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
254 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 92
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