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4 Ways To Be A Great Friend To The People You Can't Live Without

I have a few friends that has taught me so much.


Friends are people who you become close with and build a great connection with. Friends are supposed to be the people that you love to be around, confide in, depend on, laugh with, cry with and more. Friends hold a lot of weight in your life, believe it or not. They hold so much power because having these relationships with people helps you grow as a person.

I have a few friends that have taught me so much. I want to make sure that you can be a great friend towards your friends, so here are some tips on how to be a great friend:

1. Be understanding

You may not fully understand someone's situations or conflicts, but it counts more when you try to put yourself in their shoes so that you can try and understand what's going on. Being empathetic in a friendship is important because sometimes your friend doesn't need a critic, they need a friend. Listen and try to understand how they are feeling and what they are enduring.

2. Be present.

You cannot be in a friendship nor have some type of relationship with someone if you are not present. I've been in friendships where my friend was not present and there for me. It sucks! Don't be that friend who cannot be present for their friend. Being present consists of physically, mentally and emotionally being there. Try to make sure that you are being the friend that your friend needs you to be.

3. Be honest.

Honesty goes a long way. Being honest with your friend is important because telling them when they're wrong about something is the right thing to do. They may be upset, confused or do not want your opinion, but in the long run when you are honest with them, things will work better in their favor.

Being honest means to being able to trust in your friend for the blunt and truthful perspectives and opinions. Somethings I dislike to hear from my friends, but I would rather my friends be honest with me before someone else does.

4. Love your friend for who they are

There may be things that you dislike about your friends or certain things tick you off about how they act, but at the end of the day, that's your friend. You have to learn how to love someone unconditionally. Take that person for who they are. If you can sit around and pick out all their flaws, then what type of friend or person does that make you? No one is picking out all of your flaws, so don't do that to your friend.

They are who they are and if you all are in a healthy friendship you can help them to be a better person. I am the blunt friend out of the pack, but I have learned how to tone that down and be more sympathetic towards my friends when I am presenting something that causes a more blunt delivery.

Friends are family. Well, at least mine are and that's what you should want. I trust my friends and I know that they will have my back. If you cannot say the same, please keep these tips in mind of how to be a great friend to your friends so that you can pass this article along to a friend who could use help being a better friend.

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20 'Thank Yous' My Best Friends Need To Hear BEFORE The Semester Ends

Because I don't thank you enough.


When I decided to graduate a year early, I never thought about how hard it would be to say goodbye. The best part of my three-year journey at Florida State was the friends that I had made. The friends you meet in college are the friends you will never forget. Although in two weeks we will be miles apart, this is not the end of us-- this is a different type of forever. At this point, all I can say is thank you for making my time here unforgettable. Thank you:

1. For buying me Ice Cream when I had a bad day.

2. For pushing me out of my comfort zone. 

3. For teaching me the right way to do Happy Hour. 

4. For complimenting me when I wore that tight dress.

5. For forcing me to go to the library with you.

6. For *trying* to make me go to the gym.

7. For giving me great advice that you know I won't follow. 

8. For letting me borrow your new shirt even though you haven't even worn it yet.

9. For forgiving me when I get a little sassy.

10. For telling me I can do better. 

11. For reading my shitty articles. 

12. For ignoring my absolutely terrible singing. 

13. For laughing at my jokes. 

14. For roasting me in the group chat. 

15. For driving me to class when I was too lazy to find parking. 

16. For picking me up from class when I was too lazy to walk back home.

17. For lending me money because I really REALLY needed that extra guacamole.

18. For tolerating my annoying self after your stressful day.

19. For staying up late because I didn't want to watch the scary movie alone.

20. For being the best friends I ever had.


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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.


From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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