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Understanding Friendships

Having good friends is an extremely important part of our lives. Friendships can affect our emotions, our actions and how we develop as a person. Some of the most important things to know about friendships are; what a good friendship consists of, what makes a good friend and what a friend should not do.

At first, it might be hard to determine what you think makes a good friendship but when you really think about it, it’s quite simple. Elements of a good friendship are very similar to traits of a good friend. In a healthy friendship, you should be able to trust each other, not have many arguments, taking an interest in the other person’s life, appreciate each other’s differences and many more things. These are some of the many characteristics of a good friendship but what you should remember is that everyone is different, so every friendship is different.

Whilst it may seem a little obvious, it’s very important to know what makes a good friend. It’s also important to know how to be a good friend because then you’re more likely to have long and happy friendships. Typical traits of a good friend include:

  • Someone who is supportive and encouraging
  • A person you can trust and who shows loyalty
  • Someone who is kind an considerate
  • A good listener
  • Someone who makes you smile and who you can be yourself around

Even though it is essential to know what makes a good friendship and what makes a good friend, it is even more vital to understand what a friend should not do and when a friendship can go wrong. A friend should definitely not be mean to you, make you do anything which makes you feel uncomfortable, harm you, post nasty things about you on the internet etc. If you feel like you’re in an unhealthy friendship, you can always talk to your carer, social worker, or another trusted friend.

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Posted on 11 March 2015

Posted in Advice for young people

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