Having one good friend, or many, is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself in this lifetime. Together you’ll go through late nights finishing assessments, early morning tea sessions and countless days talking about nothing as well as everything. Your bestie is doing so much for you, so why not try your best to be a better friend? Read through this article and see if you can apply any of the 6 tips we provide.
Balance Your Conversations
Remember to let your friends properly talk about their issues at full length before you include any input. Regardless of whether they’re talking about completing their degree or what job they should accept, let them say whatever is on their mind. Having an open dialogue is one of the best ways to show that you respect them and their thoughts. Although, a little bit of banter is always welcome.
It’s Cool To Show You Care
Here’s to hoping that being shut off and “mysterious” is NOT cool anymore. We all know that every individual shows their emotions in different ways, which is totally cool, but remember to express that you care in whatever way you feel comfortable. Make sure they know that they are appreciated.
Honesty Is The Best Policy
This one is pretty self-explanatory but say the truth. Don’t lie to your friends because that never ends well! Do keep in mind that being honest doesn’t equate with being mean. You can present the facts in an empathetic and nice way.
Differences Aren’t Bad
Having different opinions on some things can be quite eye-opening actually! Friendships shouldn’t be an echo chamber of the exact same interest, hobbies and perspectives. Embrace that you guys think differently about issues because as we know the most SUPERIOR besties dress in contrasting aesthetics.
Treat your friend how you wish to be treated. This is one of the best ways to keep the friendship healthy and alive! Respect your friend’s wishes and treat them well. They are awesome people, so make sure they feel that way too!
Don’t Take Them For Granted
Sometimes when you’ve been friends with someone for a long time, it can be easy to take them for granted. Try to remember though that they have been there for you since the start and they will always be special no matter how long it's been. Plan surprises, fun day outs and realise how important the friendship is.