How to be a Great Friend: Building Strong Friendships!

Ciao lovelies! Today I want to talk about friendship. Friendship is a great thing! Having someone that you can talk to, share interests with, and hang out with is certainly awesome. It’s also nice to have someone there to support you in hard times too.

If you’re anything like me, you might’ve had this thought at least once: “how can I become a great friend,” or maybe you’ve thought, “how can I make my friendships strong?” Today I thought I’d share some basic tips on how to strengthen your friendships and be a great friend!

Tip #1- Build Each-other Up!

Friendships are not usually based in being mean to each other. It’s hard to have a solid friendship if you’re being rude and tearing down your friend constantly. That just sounds like bullying. A good friendship is rooted in mutual respect. If you respect your friend and they respect you, that’s a good start! To make things even better, make sure to build each other up! It’s not hard. If they do something cool, let them know how cool it is! If they look awesome today, let them know! In these little compliments, you can help build not only your friendship, but your friend’s self-esteem too.

Tip #2- Support Each-other!

Remember the mutual respect thing we were just talking about? That goes further than just compliments! Take some interest in what hobbies, sports, etc. that your friend is involved in, and support them! If they play a sport, go to their games to cheer them on! If they play an instrument, go to their concerts! Showing your friend that you support them in their endeavors is important to showing them that you care!

Tip #3- Be There in the Hard Times Too.

Not everything is always happy, so it’s super important to be there for your friend if something is happening in their life. You don’t have to know all the answers on how to fix what’s going on. Sometimes just letting them know that you’re there for them if they need you might be the best option.

Tip #4- It’s Not All About You.

Remember that in conversations, life, and friendships, it’s a two-way street! Don’t make everything about you all the time. Especially if your friend is going through a hard time, don’t immediately make it about yourself. If you can relate, find the appropriate time to explain that you can relate to them. Don’t jump into the conversation ready to make it about yourself.

Tip #5- Know What a Toxic Friendship Looks Like, and When to Let Go.

Sometimes you can be as nice as possible, but things in a friendship might just not be healthy. Check out our post on Toxic Friendships to make yourself familiar with the signs of one and know when it’s time to cut ties. Toxic Friendships can have serious negative effects on your self-esteem and mental health, so it’s important to get out of them as soon as possible.

I hope these 5 tips can help you build stronger friendships! If you liked these tips or have any advice of your own, be sure to leave it in the comments!

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