Being a good friend means sometimes doing things you don’t want to do (think going on a blind date with your friend’s new boyfriend’s friend, whom you’ve never met) but it’s worth it in the end. Your friends are the family you create, and they’d do the same for you in a second. If they wouldn’t, they’re not your real friend. Here are three ways you can ensure that you are a good friend to those you love the most.
When your friends call, text or email you, respond to them. You don’t have to do it right away, they get that you’re busy. However, don’t blow them off for a week and then make up an, “Oops, you mean my text didn’t go through?” when they call you out on it later in the week. Just respond, even if it’s to say that you don’t have much time, but you wanted to touch base and make sure all is well.
If you can make your friend laugh when she feels like doing anything but, you’re a good friend. This isn’t to say you have to be a comedian, you just have to be a good enough friend to recognize what makes her happy and what amuses her and know when to break out the big guns to cheer her up.
Don’t Criticize Her Man
Even if you think he’s the worst thing that ever happened to the planet Earth, keep it to yourself. If you don’t like him and she’s crazy about him, you might be the one who loses in the long run. You don’t want to alienate her from a guy who is going to do that on his own before too long. Just be there for her and keep your negative thoughts to yourself while speaking positive affirmations to her, to remind her she’s awesome (in hopes she’ll realize that she is, in fact, way too awesome for that loser).