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20 Qualities of a True Friend: Recognising the Traits that Matter Most

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Friendship is like a comfy old jumper, a favourite pair of jeans, or that one movie you watch on a cosy Sunday afternoon. You don’t always know why it fits, but you’re glad that it does. 

If you’ve ever mistaken a casual acquaintance for a true friend, you might’ve learned the hard way – perhaps over a missing slice of pizza or a disastrous attempt at “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

But don’t worry – we’re here to help. We’ll separate true friends from the “will-not-share-their-fries” pretenders, exploring the secret ingredients that turn an everyday pal into a partner-in-crime who always sends the best birthday celebration GIFs.

So, join us at Thankbox as we explore the 20 best qualities that define a true friend. We’ll give you all the tools you need to recognise your real friends – and maybe even get your fries back! 

Let’s get started!

Essential qualities of a good friend

One of the most memorable quotes about friendship is from Elbert Hubbard, “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” 

These words aren’t just a funny observation, they remind us that real friends see us – with all our quirks and imperfections – and stand by our side. 

With this in mind, let’s explore 20 qualities that make up a good friend: 

1. Supportive

Whether it's a cheering squad on the big day or a comforting shoulder during tough times, a supportive friend is there, enriching the friendship with strength and encouragement. 

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2. Loyalty

Loyalty is about standing up for each other, being there in times of need, and never betraying trust. This quality strengthens the bond and wraps you in a comforting blanket of security. It's the glue that binds friends together, through thick and thin.

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3. Honesty

Honesty lets you see each other without distortions. A sincere friend doesn't sugarcoat the truth or hide behind fake compliments. It’s this transparency that builds a genuine relationship. 

4. Empathy

Empathy is the ability to understand and share a friend's feelings. It's putting yourself in their shoes and offering support. Empathetic friends make us feel seen, offering a safe space to communicate. They’re always there with a knowing smile, a comforting word, or a timely get-well-soon card.

5. Respect

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Respect is a nod to each other's opinions. It’s not just about being civil but showing appreciation. It’s the secret handshake in the friendship club, where everyone feels valued. Remember to treat your friend as you'd like to be treated.

6. Trustworthiness

Trust is the unspoken pact that your friend won't spill your deepest secrets or flake on a planned movie night – especially if it’s “Barbie!” Without trust, it’s impossible to build a lasting connection. 

7. Non-judgmental

A non-judgmental friend provides a safe space to be yourself without fear of criticism or ridicule. This acceptance encourages genuine openness and intimacy, opening doors to be yourself.

8. Dependability

Quietly ensuring everything runs smoothly. A dependable friend is your go-to person, always in the right place at the right time. Think of them as the GPS navigation of friendship, one that knows the route to every fast food place imaginable.

9. Generosity

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Generosity isn’t about grand gestures but little acts of kindness – without expecting anything in return. It's the shared dessert, the unexpected compliment, or the selfless act that says, “I care.” 

10. Good listener

Being a good listener is the art of giving your undivided attention. It's about understanding and responding in a way that makes the other person feel heard. Good listeners tune in, turning casual chats into meaningful conversations.

11. Humour

Having laughter in a friendship is like having a personal stand-up comedian on speed dial. After all, friends who laugh over the silliest things stay together, bonded by inside jokes and shared giggles. 

12. Patience

As Gary Barlow sings, “Have a little patience” (apologies if this song gets stuck in your head). Patience is the willingness to pause, reflect, and give time for clarity. In a friendship, patience helps you through the rough patches – just like it did for Gary when Robbie left.

13. Encouragement

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A true friend's encouragement is like having a roaring crowd at your own personal marathon. It's that, “You've got this!” cheer when you need a bit of extra motivation

14. Common interests

Common interests are the sparklers that light up your friendship – they're fun, exciting, and add a little razzle-dazzle. True friendship springs from shared hobbies and values. 

15. Flexibility

Flexibility in friendship is like being on “Strictly Come Dancing” – it's all about the give and take. It's not about rigid steps but respecting each other's pace and needs. 

16. Positive attitude

A positive attitude in a friendship is like having Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in your corner – especially when it’s cheat day! It energises conversations and turns mundane moments into enjoyable experiences. Even when the chips are down, an upbeat friend lifts you.

17. Keeps secrets

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Keeping secrets is the unspoken oath between friends, guarding each other's private confessions like a treasure chest. When a friend holds your secrets close, it's like having a vault of confidence.

18. Low-maintenance

Low-maintenance friendships are like those classic novels still sitting on your shelf – “War and Peace,” anyone? They're always there, no matter how long since you last picked them up. It's not about constant contact, but rather an understanding that life happens. 

19. Sincerity

Sincerity is the gemstone in the crown of friendship. Genuine and heartfelt, it reflects the authentic connection between friends. A sincere friend's words mirror their feelings and actions.

20. Deep conversations

Deep conversations are the hidden depths of a friendship, where you open up about your dreams and fears. These are the dialogues that go beyond small talk, usually occurring after midnight and a hot chocolate with marshmallows.

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Recognising the above traits isn't just about identifying true friends, it's about nurturing and growing your friendships into lifelong bonds. 

And in a world teeming with fleeting interactions, the value of an authentic friend is a treasure to hold close – especially if it’s The Rock! Embrace these qualities and you'll never find yourself alone.

When you’re ready to celebrate these golden friendships, Thankbox is here to help. Send personalised group greeting cards filled with love, humour, and everything that makes your bond unique.

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