Culture 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
906 57
Honest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Honest
2
797 45
Loyal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Loyal
3
876 55
Sense of Humor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Sense of Humor
4
756 48
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
5
784 52
Good Listener is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Listener
6
743 48
Accepting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Accepting
7
741 51
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Kind
8
721 54
Good Character is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Good Character
9
686 49
Fun Loving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Fun Loving
10
657 49
Encouraging is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Encouraging
11
644 49
Dependable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Dependable
12
652 55
Compassionate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
13
576 52
Helpful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Helpful
14
568 51
Thoughtful is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Thoughtful
15
614 76
Funny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Funny
16
526 64
Authentic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Authentic
17
533 66
Interesting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Interesting
18
525 64
Empathetic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Empathetic
19
518 65
Nice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nice
20
534 76
Nonjudgmental is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Nonjudgmental
21
490 64
Easy Going is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Easy Going
22
505 78
Responsible is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Responsible
23
466 71
Optimistic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Optimistic
24
383 53
Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Entertaining
25
344 53
Generous is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qualities in a Friend
Generous