Characteristics of a Good Friend

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Friends play an important role in a person’s life. They encourage when one is sad, entertain when one is lonesome, and listen when one has problems. It is very difficult to have a definition of a good friend for everyone to agree upon. Since everyone has different opinions on what makes a good friend, the characteristics they may look for in a friend can vary from person to person. However, my personal opinion of what characteristics make a good friend are being selfless, being honest, and being loyal. First, I believe a good friend should be selfless. Selflessness doesn’t just include concerning for friends or family, but concern for everyone’s needs and wishes of others than with one's own. Being selfish can affect more than just oneself. For example, a girl feels her friend was taken by the new girl at school, so she decides to put a wedge between them to get her friend back. If a friend is selfless, they will want the best for their friend without considering themselves in the process. If a friend is selfless, they’ll open their heart and won’t think twice about helping their friend out, unlike a selfish one. Most importantly, honesty is the most valuable trait to have in a good friend. To be honest, one must be truthful to keep their friend. By doing so, the friendship won’t be based on lies or contain distrust. Truthfully, a friend can be brutally honest sometimes, but it’s not meant to hurt; in fact, it’s meant to prevent the occasion of being made fun of by others. In reality, the truth is meant to keep friends from getting hurt, even if the truth may seem cruel. Finally, loyalty should be found in a good friend. Loyalty can be quite important at times. Personally, I believe friends should have the back of those they say are close to them. When people speak about someone’s friend behind their back, stand up for them! To be selfless, to be honest, and to be loyal are the three characteristics that I believe make a good friend.
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