People come and go, but true friends are forever. But to be a true friend, you have to make an effort that goes beyond just buying your buddy a "YAS QUEEN" keychain or sending them late night Snapchats.
And hey, we get it — the increasingly rapid pace of life, plus your professional and personal struggles don't always make it easy to find time to care for another person as deeply as you'd like to.
That's why we made a list of handy reminders of the things that matter most to keep the ship of your friendship happily sailing.
1. Be a good wingman/wing-woman.
Today's dating scene can be hard to navigate, and finding that special someone requires more ammo than ever before. Good thing you have your true friends to help you conquer the world of romance.
Giving each other confidence, sharing some flirting techniques, providing icebreakers to help start new conversations, or even being the punching bag if things don't go as planned, are all ways you can be there for your friend when they're on the prowl. Plus, wingman/wing-woman stories always make for hilarious memories to be shared.
2. Throw each other birthday parties.
Many people agree that after the age of 21, birthdays kind of start to suck. Not only because you're getting older, but because organizing them is such a dreadful ordeal. You'd rather just get takeout and watch Netflix by yourself.
But a best friend should make sure your celebration is a little more epic than that.
Believe us when we say that taking the stress off your friend's shoulders and organizing a birthday gathering (even just a small one) is such a rewarding experience, neither you nor your bestie will ever forget it.
3. Compliment each other.
But hearing one from your bestie can have an even bigger impact than you think. Start with simple things like acknowledging their style, or letting them know you appreciate their sense of humor. Throw in a #tbt moment now and then to revisit a memory you've had together.
Eventually, complimenting each other will become second nature, and you'll see how your friendly bond grows stronger and stronger.
4. Make each other laugh when the other feels down.
Life is full of ups and downs and while it's definitely exciting to be surrounded by people when you're at the top of your game, it's so much more important to have someone there when things are not going so well.
Make sure your telephone number is the 911 equivalent for when your friends are in trouble. Find time and energy to listen, comfort and advise. You can be sure, acts of kindness like that will not go unnoticed.
5. Don't judge or hold grudges.
The fact that you are good friends with someone does not always mean you see eye to eye. Just as any human being, they will make poor life choices. Some of their mistakes might even hurt your friendship.
But judging and holding grudges will do you no good. The key to a steady friendship is empathy, support, and a willingness to forgive. As Buddha once said, "Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."
6. Spend more face-to-face time together.
Texts, tweets, likes, reactions on your iPhone or Android — all of this modern age stuff is great to stay in touch with friends, family and their latest news. But no amount of emojis can replace the face-to-face time with a close friend.
If you're creative enough, you'll find that it's not that difficult to find moments in your day where you can reconnect with each other.
You go to the gym in the mornings? Find one that's suitable for both of you and spend some quality time at a spin class. Are you a coffee-holic? Set up daily meet-ups to get coffee during lunch and quickly run through all the latest gossip. Prefer to hang out in the evenings? Invite your friends over, download Monster Strike (on your iPhone or Android) and take down bosses together with the power of friendship. The possibilities are endless, you just have to want it!
7. Support each other in your ventures.
Did your friend tell you she's going to be the next Mark Zuckerberg and invent the new Facebook? Did your best bud suddenly quit his job to move to Sri Lanka to teach English? Are five of your single friends buying a pack of cats and moving in together?
In times of change, or when a big decision needs to be made, having the support of people who are close to you can work magic even in the most daunting situations. So make sure to be that source of confidence and comfort for your friend because one day you might need it too.
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