1. BE KIND TO EVERYONE
You truly never know someone’s situation. That’s why being kind is so important to being a good friend. How you treat others says a lot about you, and everyone likes people who make them feel good about themselves.
2. REMEMBER THAT YOUR CHOICES AFFECT OTHERS
The little things you do every day add up to big things. A massive part of being a good friend is keeping in mind that your choices will inevitably affect others. Being conscious of others feelings will save you a lot of trouble and heartache in friendships.
3. BE A GOOD LISTENER
Most people enjoy talking about themselves, especially when someone is listening earnestly. Genuinely listening to people and asking follow-up questions about what they say is a game changer. You can learn so much more about a person this way than if you only half listen while trying to come up with a witty response simultaneously.
4. BE OPEN TO LEARNING LESSONS AND CHANGING
One of my favorite ways to continually strive to be a good friend is to learn little things from the relationships in my life. Some of the best little lessons I’ve learned are the following: be vulnerable with people and don’t let your pride keep you from loving others, be compassionate and empathetic, try to think about how other’s feel, and assume the best in others because usually bad assumptions end up being far from the truth. The things you notice you need to change might be a lot different than mine, but being open to idea of becoming better will bless your life.
5. BRING OTHERS CLOSER TO GOD
One of the greatest things that Christ taught us through His perfect example is to be selfless. When you are like Christ, people want to be your friend because they experience God’s love when they are near you. Serve others and love others. That is the best way to be a good friend.
Guest Post by Kait Moritz
Hi, I’m Kait Moritz, and I live in Mesa, Arizona. The things I love most are God, my family and friends, swimming, nature, writing, and the color pink. I think meeting new people is super important, and I love doing vulnerable things that prove to myself that I can do hard things.