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How To Be A Better Friend

by Madiha Rizvi
How To Be A Better Friend

How To Be A Better Friend

Have you ever asked, “How to be a better friend?” There are tons of articles and videos out there about how to be a good friend. But what about the flip side?

How do you go from being a bad friend to a better one? I know for me; I’ve been guilty of being a bad friend in the past. So, I’m going to give you my best advice on how to move from bad to better.

 

Listen More

Sometimes, it’s hard to be a good friend. You might have tons of friends, but they’re nowhere to be found when you need someone to lend an ear or give advice.

When it comes to being a good friend, there are many ways that you can improve your relationships with others. One of these is by listening more.

Indeed, people don’t always want to talk about their problems. Some people prefer to keep things bottled up inside until they explode them at the worst possible time for everyone involved.

But even if someone doesn’t want to talk about what’s bothering them, you can still be there for them by simply being present and making them feel like they aren’t alone in the world — whether they’re happy or sad.

How To Be A Better Friend

 

Empathize More

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly saying “yes” to your friends’ requests? You can’t say no to them, and they always come to you for advice, even when it’s not the best time. It can be exhausting, but often we just don’t know-how.

Empathizing is the act of understanding someone else’s feelings or perspective. Empathy is essential in friendships because it allows us to care about each other and understand what our friends are going through.

Empathy allows us to be there for each other during hard times and helps us connect with our friends in positive ways!

This means listening without interrupting or judging what the other person is saying. Listen with a curious ear and give the speaker time to tell their story. When someone is talking about something bothering them, they want to be heard and understood — not judged or criticized!

Ask to follow up questions when someone needs space or time before responding. Questions like, “Tell me more,” or “What happened next?”

 

Don’t Flake On Plans

So you’re busy. You have a million things to do, and your calendar is full. But maybe you’re just not that good at following through.

Maybe you have the best intentions, but when the time comes, something always gets in the way. You don’t want to let people down because you know how it feels to be disappointed.

You want to be there for your friends and family, but it seems like you can never manage to follow through on all of your commitments. So how can you be a better friend? Here are some suggestions:

Don’t commit unless you can follow through – One of the easiest ways to disappoint people is by saying yes when you mean no.

If there is any chance something might come up and prevent you from attending an event or meeting up with someone, say no right away, so they don’t get their hopes up unnecessarily.

If they ask if there’s any way they could change your mind, tell them as much as possible about what would make it impossible for you to attend whatever event they had planned and then leave it at that.

 

Check-in On Them

Remember how awesome it was when your friend texted you and asked how your day was going? Well, you can do that for them. Just ask how their day is going, or tell them something funny that happened to you.

It might seem like a small gesture, but it can make a big difference in someone’s day, especially if they’re having a rough time or need some encouragement.

Don’t forget about birthdays and holidays! It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but don’t forget to celebrate the little things with your friends — like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of friends. Some of them are closer than others, and some I don’t see as much anymore, but they will always be my friends. And when they need me, I’m there.

But the thing is, sometimes we need reminders that we are loved and cared for. We want a call, an email or even an instant message saying, “Hey! How is it going? I was thinking about you…”

 

Don’t Judge

I know that it can be hard to resist the urge to judge other people. It’s easy to do, and sometimes it feels like it’s the right thing to do.

We all judge each other, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it all the time. Judging is a pretty shallow way of looking at someone else when you think about it. It says more about your judgments than it does about them.

The judgment makes for a poor relationship because it puts a barrier between you and the person you are judging. It also creates distance between people who could otherwise be friends or even lovers if they didn’t see themselves as so different from one another in every way possible!

 

Always Be A Person Of Your Word

Being always a person of their word is one of the most essential characteristics that makes you a good friend. If you say yes and then no, or if you say no and then yes, people will get confused about whether or not they can trust you.

You should also make sure that it doesn’t come off as flippant or sarcastic when you say something. If you’re going to tell someone something, try giving them an honest answer without any jokes.

If you want to be a good friend, you must be reliable and trustworthy. When you say something, you mean what you say and follow through with your promises.

 

Be Available

We all have friends who are there when we need them, but sometimes they can be hard to find. If you want to be a better friend, then you need to make sure that you’re always available.

You need to be around when your friends need you, and you need to be willing to help them out whenever possible.

When you’re a friend, you know you have to be there for your friends. You may not always be able to give them what they need, but you can always be present.

Being available doesn’t mean that you have to be physically present. It means you’re emotionally and mentally present as well. So many of us are wrapped up in our own lives that we don’t make time for people who matter to us.

If you want to be a better friend, start by making time for your friends today.

 

Have An Honest Conversation

Have you ever struggled with speaking up? It’s not easy. We all have moments when we want to say something but don’t, and sometimes it’s better that way. But there are times when we need to speak up, and it’s important to have know-how.

Our culture teaches us that it’s not polite to tell people what we think of them — especially if they’re our friends. But the truth is that most people want honesty in their friendships.

And if you value your friendship with someone, you should be willing to risk hurting their feelings to help them fix a problem or improve their lives.

Here are some tips on how to have an honest conversation with someone:

Start by saying something positive about the person or situation you want to talk about. This will help ease any tension before you get into the complicated stuff.

For example: “I love spending time with you” or “You’re always so helpful with organizing my birthday parties.” You could even start by asking for advice about something unrelated: “I’m having trouble deciding which outfit would look best on me for prom.

This gives the other person time to gather their thoughts and feel more comfortable talking about your topic later on in the conversation.

 

Be Understanding

Being a better friend isn’t just about being there for your friends; it’s also about being understanding. Understanding what they’re going through and how they feel is key to building solid and lasting relationships with the people in your life.

Friendship is one of the most essential things in life. It can help you through the rough times and share your achievements with people who care about you.

But sometimes, it can be hard to be a good friend, especially if you’re just starting out or if you feel like your friends aren’t being as supportive as they should be.

For example, imagine that your best friend has just gotten dumped by her boyfriend, and she’s crying on your shoulder about it.

She says she wants to get back together with him because she loves him so much, but he doesn’t feel the same way about her anymore. What do you say?

It’s hard to know what to say because there’s no easy answer. You know it’s not fair for her to get hurt like this, but at the same time, maybe she should give up on him now before he hurts her even more later on down the road.

It’s hard not knowing how best to handle such a situation until after it happens.

 

Praise Success

Praising success is a simple way to encourage your friends and show them that you care. It’s easy to do, too!

When a friend tells you about a new job, relationship or project they’re excited about, let them know how proud you are of them. Tell them you were rooting for them all along.

You may even want to congratulate them in person or by phone. Your friend will appreciate the gesture and feel good about their achievements.

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