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9 Traits of a Good Friend

Question 1: Do you have what it takes to be a good friend?

Question 2: Do you have anyone in your circle of friends that has these traits?

Question 3: What can you do about any of this?

Have you ever thought about what makes a really good friend? It might not seem like the most pressing issue, but knowing what traits make a good friend can have a profound impact on your life.


Our actions speak loudest. But which actions, specifically, are relevant to friendship? What sets a friend and a really good friend, apart?

Understanding all of this lets you know how you should act to be a better friend to the people in your life. At the same time, it teaches you what you should expect from the closest people in your life.

If you are interested in knowing what makes a good friend, then start with these essential traits all good friends should have, and add to the list anything that you believe is relevant:

1. They Have Your Back

A good friend is going to have your back through the good times and the bad. It's easy to be friends with someone when everything is good, but who will be there when you fall on bad times? The people that stick by you in those times are good friends.

2. They Are Available

A friend doesn't have to be available at all times for your every whim, but they should be available when you need them. We are all very busy with our own lives, but if you have a friend you love, you make at least some time for them.

3. They Listen

All good friendships need a little give and take. Good friends listen as much as they talk. They don't just focus on telling you all their problems. They actively listen to you as well. Listening and thoughtfully responding is a hallmark of a great friendship.

4. They Accept You As You Are

You are wonderful just the way you are. A good friend will recognize that. They will embrace your authentic self and not judge your personal decisions. As long as you aren't harming yourself, a good friend should support your choices.

5. They Are Fun to Be Around

A good friend doesn't have to be a non-stop party, but they should be fun to be around. You should look forward to seeing a good friend because you enjoy spending time with them. Of course, there will be sad events along the way, but you should be happy to be around your friends in general.

6. They Are Trustworthy

How can you be good friends with someone if you don't trust them? Without trust, there is no close friendship. You should feel comfortable sharing your secrets, knowing they will be able to keep it. A good friend will gain your trust and respect it.

7. They Tell Us the Truth

Honesty is important for any relationship in your life. A good friend is no different. They should respect you enough, to be honest with you. This might even mean they have to be brutally honest with you when needed.

8. They Are Kind

It is so much more enjoyable to spend time with kind people. You and your friends might get your snarky jokes about things, but at the end of the day, they should treat you with kindness. Even better is if your friend is kind to everyone. That is a good sign they are a good friend in general.

9. They Build You Up

A good friend should build you up, not tear you down. You should feel confident and ready to take on the world with them at your side. If your friend is constantly nitpicking, doubting you, or otherwise being negative - they aren't a good friend to begin with.


Select one of the above ideas and apply these 3 action steps to each to become a better friend, and ultimately, to have great friends:


Suggested Further Reading

Check out these gems available on Amazon. Note that Woodbridge Hypnosis earns from your qualifying purchases. However, these books may be available at your local bookstore or library. And if not, find anything else that may be on topic!

1. The Business of Friendship

2. Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

3. The One Year Daily Acts of Friendship

4. The Friendship Factor: How to Get Closer to the People You Care for

5. Made for Friendship

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