4 Tips for How to Be a Good Friend
Friends are an important part of your life — it’s fun to
spend time with people who share the same interests as you. Whether you are just
hanging out, sharing clothes, talking about boys or watching movies, it’s important
to always try to be a good friend. But sometimes accidents happen — you might have
to change plans last minute, or you return a borrowed T-shirt with a new stain you
couldn’t get out.
Sometimes these accidents can really hurt your friends and
your relationship with them. To avoid future accidents and grow closer to your besties,
follow our four tips for how to be a good friend.
1. Be Respectful of Her Things
There’s a pretty good chance that you and your BFF like the same things and share
the same style. But always remember that it’s proper friend etiquette to ask your
friend if it’s OK to borrow something from her. If she agrees to let you borrow
something, return it soon after you use it and in the condition in which you received
it. If you wear your friend's shirt, wash or dry-clean it. If something breaks,
repair or replace it. If it's irreplaceable, be honest about what happened and do
your best to find something you can offer in return. This will help your friend
trust you in the future.
2. Show Your Gratitude
If your friend does something nice for you, always make sure she knows how much
you appreciate it. It’s important for your friends to know you are thankful for
them, even if what they did for you seems small. You might not even be able to see
the good things they do for you. Maybe they were there for you when you got in a
fight with your parents, or they made you smile on a day when you
needed it the most. Be sure they know you are grateful — even for the little things.
3. Return the Favor
Make sure you let your friend know you’re perfectly willing to loan something out
to her if she lets you borrow something of hers. If your friend has helped you through
a difficult time, make sure she knows you will always be there for her, too. That’s
just a part of being a good friend. All relationships are give and take — you don’t
want to be the one who just takes.
4. Be Honest
Did you spill a secret? Or lie to your friend? The best way to build a trusting
friendship is to tell your friend the truth. If something happened to your friend’s
necklace when she let you borrow it, just be honest with her. Lying or passing off
blame only leads to more mistrust between you and your friend. Do your best to explain
the situation and why it happened — if you’re really friends, she’ll understand.
good friend can take some work, but it’s
worth it. These four tips should help you make your friendships stronger than ever.
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Read about friend etiquette and how it affects your friendships at BeingGirl.com.