Between friends from school, friends from work, childhood friends and friends on social media, it can be difficult to determine who your true friends are. The people you thought were your friends often end up disappointing you, and the old friend you left behind may have been the one you should’ve stuck by.
If you’re wondering whether or not your friendships are authentic, here are ten signs of a true friendship:
1. They Accept Everything About You
True friends love you for who you are, despite your flaws. They don’t want to change anything about you. Instead, they embrace your quirks and bring out the best in you. They may not always agree with you, but they always respect your opinion. A true friend sees the positive things about you, when you aren’t able to see them yourself.
2. You Feel Completely Comfortable Around Them
A true friend knows your best kept secrets, your wildest dreams and all of your silly quirks that make you unique. They know details about your love life, your family, your favorite childhood memories, and all of those embarrassing stories that you would only share with them. A true friend knows you to your core, and you feel completely comfortable with that.
3. They Make You Happier
After spending time with a true friend, you’ll feel happy, rejuvenated and more positive. A true friend will never bring you down. They’ll be a constant light for you, especially when you need it the most.
4. They Stick With You, No Matter What
A true friend isn’t just there when things are going great. They’re also there to pick you back up when you fall. They offer a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, and they try their hardest to cheer you up when you need it the most. A true friend is there for all the ups and downs.
5. They Are Happy When You Succeed
While a fake friend is jealous of your success, a true friend is your biggest cheerleader. They are the first one to congratulate you and they are always by your side to celebrate. They are your motivator, your supporter and someone who will always be proud to see you succeed.
6. They Tell You the Truth
A true friend doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear. They tell you the truth, even if it hurts a little, because they want the best for you. A true friend will never criticize you or put you down, but they’ll tell it like it is to help you make the right choices.
7. They Won’t Walk Away After a Fight
No matter how close two people are, an argument is bound to happen sooner or later. While a fake friend will gladly walk away for good, a true friend won’t let the friendship end over a disagreement. They are willing to apologize and to forgive in order to get your friendship back on track.
8. They Don’t Talk About You Behind Your Back
A true friend never gossips about you when you’re not around. No matter how many secrets you’ve shared, they’ll never let them slip. A true friend loves and respects you enough to be loyal to you.
9. They Don’t Get Jealous
A true friend knows how important they are to you, so they won’t get jealous when you spend time with other friends. They feel comfortable enough in the relationship that jealousy isn’t in the picture. It makes them happy to see you happy.
10. You Share Too Many Memories to Count
Whether you’ve known them for one year or ten years, a true friend has shared so many memories, inside jokes, adventures and fun times with you that you’ve lost count. You’ve created unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.