Friendships should be reciprocated for both men & women. Do you know who your real friends are? Are they there for you regardless of what is transpiring in your life?

Your real friends are going to tell you when you look like a hot mess. They will tell you when you’re making a huge mistake. And they are fully aware that this could ruin your day, but they are just looking out for you.

The definition of a good friend varies from person to person, but there are certain traits, characteristics, and qualities that most people would agree make someone a good friend. Let’s look at a few of those things that make a friend “good.”

What are some situations where you find out who your true friends are?

You find out who your real friends are in both good times and bad.

When you succeed.

When you’re happy.

When you accomplish something.

When you overcome a major challenge.

When you fail.

When you’re hurting.

When you struggle.

When you’re not treated with fairness, kindness, or respect by others.

When you need help or support.

When you’re feeling down.

When you’re afraid.

Occasionally in our lives we have to do a spring cleaning of people, places & things that are not working anymore. It’s not a bad thing~ I look at it as a detox or cleanse of the soul. Many of us have been raised not to have expectations with people but I feel that is the reason we allow more one-sided relationships into our lives than we should sometimes. If we don’t expect our partners, children or friends to reciprocate our kindness & love, how will we have a fulfilling relationship with them & them with us?

Children don’t respect parents who spoil them just as a lover doesn’t respect their partner when they are needy & weak. Love is a two-way street where both people involved have equal time for each other

One of the keys to being present for is action. People can say all sorts of things, but as the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words

Be who you are, and seek out friends who allow you to be who you are and not someone else. Encourage one another and respect each other’s boundaries. Always seek the good in others and be respectful in your interactions. You never know when the good friend you make today might be a friend for life!

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