What Makes A Good Friend?

Friendship is something that everyone deals with. Even if you don’t have many — or any — friends, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you look for in a friend, even if only subconsciously.

There are many characteristics that someone might have in order to be considered a friend. Loyalty, perhaps. Being a good listener. Fun, thoughtful, networked, outgoing, goofy, shared interests, shared experiences, smart, a good conversationalist.

Of all the possible traits that a friend might have, which one is most important to you?

What makes a good friend?

To help uncover what’s important to you regarding friendship, think about these questions:

  • If you think about the close friends you have, is there some trait that they have in common?
  • What, if anything, does what you look for in a friend have to do with your experiences and your past?
  • If you’ve had a friendship come to an end, was there something lacking that caused it to fail?

Related questions: Why do we care what strangers think of us? What makes a community? Who is the most important person in your life? Who inspires you?