Friendships enrich our lives. They provide enjoyment and comfort. They bring happiness and a sense of fulfillment into our lives. But, sometimes it can be difficult to tell if someone is your friend. The truth is that there’s a huge difference between a casual friend and a true, loyal friend. Because not every person deserves to be called a friend, and you need to know the difference so that you can maintain boundaries in your friendships.
Here are 5 telltale signs you’ve found yourself a true, faithful friend:
1. They accept you and cherish you for who you are.
A true friend will never expect you or ask you to be someone you are not. They’ll never criticize you or judge you for your insecurities, fears, and mistakes. They’ll never call you “overly sensitive” or “drama queen” when you start crying in front of them. They’ll never try to convince you to change so as to be more likable. Instead, they’ll embrace your weaknesses and imperfections and let you be yourself around them.
2. They are always honest.
A true, loyal friend doesn’t beat around the bush or sugarcoat the ugly truth so as to make it seem positive or pleasant. Instead, they tell it like it is. They tell you the truth even when you don’t want to hear it. They tell you the truth no matter how cruel or painful it may be because they value honesty the most.
3. They make time for you, even when they are busy.
A true friend will never say something, like, “I can’t help you. I’m too busy” or “I didn’t text you back yesterday because I couldn’t find the time.” Because when someone genuinely cares about you and appreciates you, they will do everything in their power to find the time to talk to you, call you, text you, or see you.
4. They help you become the best version of yourself.
A real friend wants to see you grow and become better. They want to see you learn from your own mistakes and failures and do better. They want to see you make an effort to overcome your insecurities and fears. A real friend encourages you to pursue high goals and believe in yourself. They remind you of your strength and worth when you’re feeling weak and unimportant. They encourage you to give up bad habits and they inspire you to become the best version of yourself.
5. They encourage you to share different sides of yourself with them.
They encourage you to share your feelings, both positive and negative, your thoughts, your ideas, your insecurities, and your fears with them. You feel free and comfortable opening yourself up to them because you know they’ve got your back. You know they genuinely care about you and love you wholeheartedly.
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