1. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN GIVE TO A FRIEND, NOT WHAT YOU CAN GET OUT
OF A FRIENDSHIP.
- If being happy is your only motive for wanting someone to be your
friend, then you are not being a real friend. Don't get caught up in
keeping tabs on who has given most in the friendship. Give to your
friends regardless of how much they give to you.
2. ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIEND.
- Real friends inspire and push each other to be the best that they
can be, rather than drag each other down. They are happy when other
people achieve their goals.
3. BE WILLING TO FORGIVE.
- Don't let hurt turn to grudge. This is one sure way to destroy a
friendship. Forgive your friend and move on.
4. TACTFULLY POINT OUT THEIR MISTAKES.
- This is one way to show concern for others. If you really care, you
will tactfully point out a specific example for his own good. But
once you've brought the problem to your friend's attention, don't
harp on it all the time. Don't walk away from a friendship when you
see some of your friend's faults. Be patient with a friend as he or
she tries to change. Realize that nobody is perfect.
5. BE RELIABLE.
- When you say you are going to be there, be there.
6. DON'T TRY TO CONTROL YOUR FRIENDS.
- Real friendship does not mean you always have to be together. It
may be tempting to have a fun person all to yourself, and feel
threatened when your friend spends time with others. If you are
afraid to let your friends out of your sight, you are probably afraid
of losing them. Good friendship will endure time spent apart. You and
your friends may learn to appreciate each other even more.
7. BE THERE FOR THE GOOD AND THE BAD TIMES.
- Celebrate with them if your friends are excited about something.
But don't be there just for the good times. When your friend is upset
about something, give them your full attention. Most of the time,
what friends really need is a sympathetic ear, someone who understand
8. LEARN TO ACCEPT PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES IN YOUR FRIENDS.
- Be careful not to evaluate other people by how you react in a
particular situation. Do not automatically take your friends'
9. DON'T BE A BLABBERMOUTH.
- Learn and be willing to keep each other's secrets.
10.DON'T LET ARGUMENTS DESTROY YOUR FRIENDSHIP.
- Suppose you're having a discussion with a friend and after you've
said what you think is true, they still disagree. Don't keep arguing
until you get mad with each other. Just drop it. Your desire to win
the argument may ruin your friendship.