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Making New Friends: First You Must Show Yourself Friendly

 

If you like having and making new friends, it is important to be one. Here are some qualities that make a good friend, according to my observations over the years:

Rita McCulloch, Lynette Knight, Evelyn Allen, Camille LaCognata
(left to right) Rita McCulloch, Lynette Knight, Evelyn Allen, Camille LaCognata

• Enjoys laughter and fun
• Opens up for others to come in
• Smiles a lot
• Willing to help where needed
• Keeps confidences secure
• Social butterfly
• Goes the extra mile by volunteering
• Sincerity. Integrity. Honesty
• Cares about the feelings of others
• Apologizes easily
• No running away when the relationship gets rough
• No braggadocios

And… there’s a thin line between acquaintances and friends. To be called friend, I consider this the test. True friends:

• Will vouch for you when no one else wants to get involved
• Will get out of bed at 2 AM to come get you if you’re stranded (never mind, AAA!)
• Would clean up after you if you get sick (even if no disposable gloves are available)
• Encourage your heart by setting good examples
• Accept your friends as their friends
• Are direct: their yes is a yes; no is a no
• Tell you the truth, even when it hurts
• Will come to your rescue as a last-minute babysitter
• Will give you their last dollar if it will do you more good at the time
• Will carry you on a bicycle built for one – if push comes to shove

Acquaintances make excuses not to; friends look for reasons why they should.
Be a Friend!!

Evelyn Allen
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Guest blogger Evelyn Allen is the owner of a unique business called Hearts-R-Mending, in which she utilizes special greeting cards and messages geared to mending relationships, to encourage people to forgive, reconnect, and move forward. What a wonderful mission!

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