"There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship." – Thomas Aquinas. When someone who has the potential to become a good friend enters our life, we start to evaluate their behavior rather than our own. We tend to forget that friendship is a two-way street. You cannot expect someone to be your true friend if you don’t have the qualities of being one.
Here are some traits that make you a true friend (evaluate yourself):
People are always judging each other. You don’t judge your friend regardless of his/her personality. You induce confidence in your friend rather than self-doubt. You put yourself in your friend’s shoes and try to understand his/her situation even if it is different from your belief system.
It won’t be wrong to say that honesty is among the top traits of a true friend. You speak openly from your heart whenever you are around your friend. You tactfully tell the truth without holding anything in your heart. When it comes to being honest, your main intention is to guide your friend, not to hurt or mislead him/her.
You Listen to Your Friend
You understand that your friend has a lot to tell you and not everything is about you. That’s why you don’t interrupt your friend when he/she is taking and you listen attentively, with interest. You give importance to whatever your friend has to say, even if it is baseless talking.
Although this trait is mostly overlooked, we believe that it is a quality that needs acknowledgment. You’re kind to your friend because you don’t mind overlooking your priorities for him/her. You don’t think twice before helping your friend. From sharing your t-shirt to helping your friend in need, you always look for the best for your friend.
Friends make fun of each other all the time. But it doesn’t mean that they can’t be respectful of each other when it is needed the most. You respect the secrets of your friend and never talk behind his/her back (even when there is an ongoing fight or unsettled argument).
If you think you don’t have one of the traits that are mentioned, you can work on them and be a much better friend. Don’t look for these traits in your friends, start with yourself!