you a good friend? Read on and see!
friend knows how to keep a secret.
told one other person" is NOT keeping a secret! Once anybody else knows it, it isn't a secret anymore. Think how
you would feel if someone betrayed your confidence. A true friend also knows when information is confidential without
A true friend keeps promises.
A true friend knows that a person is only as good as his word and will not make
promises he cannot keep.
friend keeps appointments.
friend will not cancel out on someone (or, worse, be a no-show) except in an emergency situation.
friend will not say things she knows will hurt the other's feelings.
A true friend will not attempt to elevate herself by saying things like , "Mary was telling everybody at work
that you're a slut, but don't worry, I told her off" How can this possibly have any effect other than to upset her?
Would YOU like it if somebody said this to you? A true friend knows that blowing your own horn diminishes the deed.
Stick up for someone because it's the right thing to do, not because you want "credit" for it.
friend will only give constructive criticism, and then only when asked.
"That dress makes you look fat"
or "That was a stupid thing to say" are NOT examples of constructive criticism! And unless your friend's fly is open
or he has spinach between his teeth, don't venture your opinion if you're not asked for it. If you must criticize, do
it nicely, which means you don't use words like "fat" or "stupid." Give the other person useful feedback, not just negative
words. ("That dress is a pretty design, but another color might look more becoming on you.")
A true friend will not force herself on you when you
want to be alone.
need solitude from time to time. Or we may have other plans. The world does not revolve around you. If your
friend cannot get together when you'd like, let it go. Don't become angry and start badgering her with a thousand questions.
She owes you no explanation other than, "Sorry, it's not convenient for me right now." We all need our own space.
A true friend will know when to listen without speaking.
If your friend is crying to you over a bad marriage or
a broken romance, listen, be sympathetic, but say as little as possible. If she mends fences with her mate, she will
always remember that you spoke disparagingly about him, whether it was in agreement to what she herself was saying or your
own original thoughts on the subject. So unless your friend is being emotionally or physically abused, speak not.
Just be there for her.