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The Best Ways to Be a Good Friend

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What are some easy ways to be a good friend? Being a good friend may not be as hard as you think, but if you’re looking for ways to become a better friend, this list has some simple ideas you can use in your daily life to be a great, supportive, thoughtful friend. Everyone needs a good friend and being the best friend you can be is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.
 
Being a better friend is as simple as learning how to communicate better, becoming a better listener, being more considerate, encouraging your friend during the tough times, and finding practical ways to show your friend you truly care.
 
This list features the best ways to be a better friend. How do you work to be a better friend? Add your tips below if they aren't already on the list.
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    Know When to Listen

    Knowing when to just listen and knowing when to give advice is extremely important. Try not to offer your opinion unless your friend is asking for it. Assume they just want a safe place to vent.
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    Be There, Whether They Ask or Not

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    Being there for your friend in the good times is easy, but being present in the difficult times is one of the most important ways you can be a good friend. Show up for him or her when they're having a hard day... without waiting for them to ask you to.
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    Appreciate the Small Things

    Appreciate the Small Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ways to Be a Good Friend
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    Stop and smell the roses! Appreciate the small things in life and enjoy them with your friend. People are attracted to positivity. Avoid negativity and your friend will be encouraged just by being in your presence.
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    Accept Their Flaws

    Accept Their Flaws is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ways to Be a Good Friend
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    Recognize your friend's shortcomings but always acknowledge their strengths as well. Expecting perfection in any friendship is a huge mistake and an unreasonable request. Putting the microscope on yourself might help you become more openminded.
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