Life is…well, life. It’s fun, exciting, messy, lonely, and heartbreaking. A good friend is someone with who you can experience different aspects of life.
Someone you can express your dreams and goals with while knowing they want to see you succeed, cheer you on through the challenging milestones, and celebrate the various successes and accomplishments throughout life.
On the other hand, when life goes wrong, they are there for you. They are always a phone call away, ready to help you through the tough times.
A good friend is someone you can get through life with by your side. Thus, fulfilling the need for companionship and comfort.
Being a supportive friend is an essential aspect of any healthy relationship.
Whether it’s during tough times or moments of joy, having someone there to offer a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on can make all the difference.
Equally important is having a friend who can reciprocate that support, creating a dynamic of mutual encouragement and celebration.
After all, laughter and happy memories are best shared with good friends by your side.
If you are wondering if you are a good friend, then you are in luck, below we have 10 Signs You are a Good Friend.
1. You Help Your Friends Through Tough Times
From time to time, things happen in life that are outside of anyone’s control.
Life events that can be outside of anyone’s control can include having a partner cheat in a relationship, a relative dying, or getting fired from a job.
Certain things in life (such as those mentioned above) can significantly affect our emotional and mental health—flooding with emotions such as feeling inadequate, lonely, or even lost.
During these times, a good friend is needed most.
A shoulder to cry on or an ear for listening.
Someone to be there and help us through the hard times that life can provide.
2. You Love Them Unconditionally
You love them unconditionally regardless of their views on life, beliefs, or quirky personality.
You know your friend’s past and understand their opinions and values, knowing they have good and pure intentions and allowing them to be 100% authentic.
Therefore, accepting them wholeheartedly as they are.
3. No Judgement Zone
Another great attribute that makes you a good friend is accepting your friend’s most embarrassing, crazy, or quirky traits, habits, and lifestyle.
Your friends are comfortable inviting you over to their less-than-pristine house. You don’t mind a little mess; you know their schedule is busy.
That is what makes you such a good friend.
You know your friend is unique in their way, and you are grateful to have them in your life!
Your friends don’t feel a need to defend their most embarrassing personalities, traits, or lifestyle.
They feel comfortable being themselves around you. In return, you get to experience 100% raw, authentic friendship.
4. Lifts Others up
You always have something positive, motivating, and encouraging to say.
Empowering your friends is essential because you want to see them succeed.
You always have a positive words of encouragement when discussing their dreams, desires, and goals in life.
Not only do you always motivate, but you follow up by asking them weeks and months later about progress, showing that you genuinely care about their goals in life.
5. Has Your Friends Back
You always have your friend’s back regardless of the situation.
When someone is speaking poorly about your friend in front of or behind their back, you stop the conversation immediately.
You do not need to belittle your friends to fit in.
The value of your friendship is so much more than demeaning them.
You always have their best intentions at heart and honestly care about them. That is what makes you a good friend.
Your friend knows you always have their back in any situation.
6. Will Always Tell the Truth
As hard as the truth is to hear, sometimes you need someone to tell it as it is.
As a good friend, you tell the truth to help guide your friend in the right direction.
Even more important than telling the truth is how to deliver the message correctly. The old saying goes, “it’s not what you say but how you say it.”
Making it essential to speak the truth in a manner that will not offend your friends. But hey, you know this because you are a good friend!
Furthermore, you know how to relay the news to your friend so that it will not upset them. Your friends can count on you to be there for them and give it to them straight.
7. Is Loyal
Loyalty is important to you.
It is not ditching your friend for a new beau or, even worse, taking theirs. Your priority is friendship, which is more important than a new fling.
Friendship is about putting time and effort into maintaining the relationship. You know that. That is why you give your friend the time needed.
You never (unless absolutely necessary) cancel plans with them.
You don’t leave them hanging around waiting for you.
You are a good friend who shows up on time!
8. Is Supportive
As a good friend, you are always supportive of your friend’s ventures, goals, and aspirations in life.
At the bottom of your heart, you want to see your friends succeed.
You have no envy, jealousy, or competitiveness. You want everyone to go after their dreams and find happiness in life.
If your friend starts a new MLM or business, you are the first to like their business page and share it with friends and family!
You always follow up and ask how their new venture is going.
When starting college, you follow up with your friends, let them vent about their classes and teachers, and celebrate the A’s they receive. When getting a new job, you are always excited to hear how it is going. Let them vent about work drama to someone outside the office.
You encourage their passion to get promoted within.
Regardless of what your friends are going after, you are always there to listen, support, and encourage.
9. Excited for Friend's Achievements
When your friends achieve something in life, you are next to them, rooting them on.
You are just as excited as they are when they accomplish something great.
This can be getting into a tough program at school, landing their dream job, or starting a new business venture. It may be buying their first home or renovating their third home.
Whatever their achievement is, you are always there to celebrate and encourage the next steps in their life.
Life, although so similar for most, is so different. Every experience is unique to each of their own.
Thus, creating different viewpoints, ideas, and values.
As we age, politics, the global economy, and government policy create a deep passion that can tear friends and family apart.
However, as a good friend, you understand that your friend’s upbringing and exposure to certain things create a core belief and value that may differ from others.
You may have different opinions on politics, economy, business, and finance.
However, you are open to a difference in lifestyle, even if it goes against how you were raised.
You understand that everyone is a unique person with their own set of beliefs. [Read also: Signs You are a Good Person]
Although it may not be the same, you know that the hearts and souls of your friends are pure. Therefore, understand that it is OK if they do not believe what you do.
Why Everyone Needs a Good Friend
Everyone needs a good friend they can lean on through the good times and the bad.
It can be a partner, spouse, co-worker, family member, or someone you met randomly and connected with instantly.
A healthy friendship enriches the lives of all involved.
In fact, according to Reachout.com, “the better quality of your relationship, the more likely you are to be happy.”
This is due to friendship linking to helping with stress, feeling connected with others, and help with finding purpose and meaning in life.
Therefore, being a good friend is just as important as having a good friend.
A true friendship is a healthy bond between two or more people to help tackle this crazy thing called life.
Good friends are hard to come by. So when you find that friend, hold on to them. Hold on with everything you have and fight like (h-e-double-hockey-sticks) for them.
Why Having Good Friends is as Important as Being a Good Friend
Friends enrich our lives by giving us purpose, meaning, and a sense of connection.
Friends are the ones who are there for the good times and the bad. The ones who cheer you on toward your goals and dreams and lift you up during the tragedies of life.
Finding someone as good of a friend to you as you are to them is essential! In fact, finding a good friend is rare; when you find one, make sure you are a good friend to them too.
Complete List of Signs You are a Good Friend
- Help Your Friends Through Tough Times
- You Love Them Unconditionally
- No Judgement Zone
- Lifts Others Up
- Has Your Back
- Will Always Tell the Truth
- Is Loyal
- Is Supportive
- Excited for Friend’s Achievements
In conclusion, life can be full of ups and downs, but having a good friend by your side makes it all worthwhile.
A true friend is there for you through thick and thin, cheering you on during the good times and helping you through the tough times.
Some specific qualities that make you a great friend:
- Being there for your friends during difficult times
- Loves unconditionally
- Understanding, doesn’t judging, is loyal and has your back
- Showing support and lifting others up
- Being excited about friends achievements
Furthermore, being a good friend is just as important as having one. When you find a yourself a good friend, hold on tight and cherish them for life.
Sara is a writer for Amora V Lifestyle and is Co-Owner of Elizabeth Besich. Sara previously worked as a Marketing Manager and has her Master’s from Lindenwood University.
Sara studies everything of interest, from psychology, recipes, finances, mental health, and travel, thriving to find happiness and to live a good life.
When not learning, Sara loves all things outdoors, food, and hanging around great company. Furthermore, Sara loves spending time with family, who she is blessed to have in her life.
Note from the author: Through my articles, I hope to bring you joy and peace and that you enjoy it!