Being a good friend may take some work and patience, but having a great friend pays off. Good friends cheer you up when you’re sad, they do the funniest and most exciting things, and they boost your confidence. Be sure to talk to your friend regularly, hang out when you can, show your support, and act confidently. With a little effort and care, you can strengthen your current friendships or make friends with someone new! Today we are here with 20 ideas for being better friends with girls. Check them out;
1. Find common interests and do them together.
Sharing your activities with a girlfriend of yours will improve your relationship with her. When you have a good time with a girl, you are more likely to remember the experience. Friendships generally start because two people share a common interest, so both of you need to share one before becoming best friends. One way to avoid sending mixed signals is to tell the girl how much the activity costs. By doing this, you are setting the tempo for a friendly meeting and not a date.
You can go to a restaurant for lunch, travel to an amusement park, attend another friend’s birthday party, go surfing, join an art class, or do whatever else you both like. Hanging out and watching movies is always an option if there is nothing to do.
2. Get in touch with your friend every day to see her and see what happens.
Everyday day uses text message, instant messages, or call your friend, according to your schedule. If you only have a few minutes to spare, text her. The important thing is that you chat and catch up! In this way, they can get to know each other better and become closer friends. Ask her how her day is going, what’s new, and what’s happening with her friend circle, for example. Send her a funny photo or interesting article that you think she will like.
If you’re very busy and can’t chat every day, that’s fine. Just talk to your friend as often as you can. Contact your friend if she lives in your city, a few hours away, or across the country. When it comes to being a good friend then distance doesn’t matter!
3. Have genuine and vulnerable conversations.
As humans, we bond with the conversation, especially if the topic of the conversation is something that we appreciate emotionally. The more you have conversations about the lives of others, the more connected you will feel. Being vulnerable means listening to their fears and emotions and being open to talking about yours.
- Don’t be critical of her if she comes to you with a problem. The last thing a girl wants to hear is how she did wrong when she already knows she was wrong.
- Always listen to the girl’s perspective and see where she comes from before giving her advice.
- Asking a girl for advice will build confidence, and she’ll be more likely to seek you out for her advice.
4. Forgive your friend if she is wrong.
Everyone makes mistakes, so try not to hold a grudge or resentment if your friend does something to annoy or offend you. Talk about the situation when it happens, accept your friend’s apology, and let the situation go. If you don’t forgive your friend, you may feel negative toward them in the future, and this can subtly affect your friendship.
For example, if your friend abandoned your plans and hurt your feelings, say something like, “It hurts me that you didn’t show up at our movie night last week.”If you’re upset about something your friend did, it’s okay if it seems hard to forgive her.
5. Stay in touch with her.
As time passes, it can become more difficult to maintain strong relationships with a girl, so you may have to make a more concerted effort to text or call her. If you still live close to each other, be sure to keep it in mind for social events and gatherings. Remembering a friend’s birthday is also another great reason to approach or visit her.
- If your friend moves to another state, try to stay active with her on social media.
- If your friend is busy then go to her. Make it convenient for her if you have extra time. She will appreciate it later.
6. Apologize to your friend if you are wrong and when you do.
When you hurt your friend or acted inappropriately then apologize to your friend. When this happens, just apologize instead of being defensive or directing blame elsewhere. If your friend calls you or tells you how she feels, put yourself in her place and say “I’m sorry.” This keeps your conversations honest and prevents resentment from forming.
- For example, if your friend is upset that you canceled all your plans without warning, sincerely apologize and explain that it is nothing personal.
- If you can’t admit when you’re wrong, your friend may not trust you or think you’re genuine.
7. Listen to what your friend says when they are together.
Pay close attention when your friend talks to you and focus on her instead of letting your thoughts wander. Try to remember what is happening in your life and show it in a conversation to show that you care. Being a good friend does not mean that you only talk about yourself or want to intervene when your friend is talking.
- If she seems distracted or constantly watches your phone, your friend may not think she cares about her.
- For example, if you are dating your friend after school, put your phone away and talk about your day.
8. Make small gestures to show your friend that you care.
Show the person the love and care when you love and care about them! Do small acts of kindness, like bringing your BFF coffee in the morning when you know you’re late, giving her a thank you card just for that, or inviting her to dinner. Think about the gestures you can do to show your friend that you are thinking about her. You can also text “get well soon” if it’s wrong or not feeling right.
9. Tell your friend the truth all the time.
Over time, even little white lies can affect a friendship. If you lie frequently, your friend may begin to doubt if what you say is true, and question if you are inventing things, and not trusting you. Always tell her your true feelings. Don’t keep secrets from each other. By always telling the truth, you and your friend can trust each other and have a genuine and lasting friendship.
If you tell your friend that you are studying but are out with her lover, she may not want to be your friend if she finds out.
10. Keep your promises.
Never make a promise that you can’t keep, or at least don’t make a habit of. If you say you are going out with a friend and a legitimate conflict arises, explain the situation. If you can’t go, give your friend a gift and sorry. No one is perfect, and it’s okay if you have to break a promise once on a blue moon, but don’t make it normal. If this is recurring over time, then you will probably be seen as unreliable. If you promised a friend something important, keep your promise and don’t risk losing it.
When you make a serious promise, look your friend in the eye and speak slowly to show that you mean it rather than just saying it because you think you should. Do not break any promise, as that will harm your friend. It might even break your friendship!
11. Apologize when you have made a mistake.
If you want your friends to trust you, then you can’t act like you are perfect. If you know you have made a mistake, hold yourself accountable instead of denying it. Although your friends will not be happy that you made a mistake, they will be very happy that you are mature and enough to admit it rather than just pretending that nothing is wrong, or worse, blaming someone else.
When you say sorry, you must be serious. Let your friends hear the sincerity in your voice instead of thinking that you don’t care how she feels. You should also be serious, and take the time to explain to your friend the misunderstanding or how you feel bad and want to fix your relationship.
12. Be loyal.
If your friend says something to you confidentially, keep it and don’t discuss it with anyone else, just as you would expect your friend to do for you. Do not talk about your friend behind your back and do not spread rumors about the confidences that have been transmitted to you. Never say anything about your friend that you are not prepared to repeat to her face. Be true to your true friends and prepare to defend them if your new friends, or people you hardly know, start gossiping about them.
Part of being loyal is understanding the importance of a stable and lasting friendship. Don’t throw all that away just to spend all your time hanging out with your friend or with a cool new person you just met. Remember that your friends may feel left out.
- If you have a reputation for being a gossip, your friends will find out quickly and will hesitate to reveal anything personal to you in the future, or even spend a lot of time with you.
- Until you’ve had a chance to hear your friend’s side of the story, treat unsupporting comments as rumors.
- If someone says something that shocks you and it doesn’t seem like something your friend would do or say, then respond with something like, “I know them, and that doesn’t sound good. Let me talk to her; find out her perspective on this.
13. Be selfless.
Although you can’t be selfless all the time, being selfless is an important part of being a good friend. Accommodate your friend’s wishes whenever you can, as long as this is done in a balanced way. Reciprocate her acts of kindness with your acts of caring and your friendship will be strengthened. If you have a reputation for being selfish and only being around your friends when you need help, people will know that you are not taking care of them. Do your friend a favor just for the goodness of your heart, not because you want something in return.
There is a difference between being selfless at the right time and letting people trample on you. If you feel like you are always helping your friends and don’t get anything back, then you may have a problem. Do not abuse generosity or exhaust your welcome. When your friend does something good for you, it corresponds quickly. Repay any borrowed money immediately. Go home when the time seems right.
14. Help your friend deal with her struggles
To be truly supportive, you must be careful with your friend when she is having a difficult time. If you feel like your friend is getting into some kind of problem that she has little control over, like taking drugs, being promiscuous, or getting too drunk at a party, help her walk away from the situation by not being afraid to talk about it. Don’t assume that your friend can handle it alone; This may be the time when it takes your common sense voice to wake her up from her escape. If you see a problem, talk, no matter how uncomfortable you may feel.
Let your friend know that you can give her a shoulder to cry during this difficult time. If your friend feels less alone, it will be easier for her to deal with her problems. If all your friend wants to do about the problem is talk, that’s fine at first, but it should help her find practical solutions to her problems.
For example, if your friend admitted to having an eating disorder and simply promises to start eating more, you can talk to her about taking more serious steps to address the problem, such as talking to a health professional. However, keep in mind that you must also have limits. You can’t fix all your friends’ problems for them.
15. Being there in times of crisis.
If your friend has to go to the hospital, visit her. If your dog runs away, help her to find it. If you need someone to pick you up, be there. Take notes for your friend at school when you are away. Send cards and care packages when you live far away. If there is a death in her family, attend the funeral. Let your friend see that she can count on you at any time. Just make sure your friend isn’t always in the middle of some kind of crisis, however artificial it may be. You should be there to help during difficult times, but that cannot be the foundation of your entire relationship.
Part of being there for your friend in crisis is also providing emotional support. Care about your friend enough to help her open up and let the tears roll. Give her a handkerchief and listen openly. You don’t have to say anything if nothing seems right; just stay calm and reassuring.
If your friend is going through a crisis, don’t say, “Everything will be fine” if it isn’t going to be fine. Sometimes it’s hard not to say that, but false security can be worse than none. Instead, let your friend know you’re there to help her. Stay honest, but optimistic.
If your friend starts talking about committing suicide or hurting other people, tell someone about it. Suggest a helpline or professional to your friend. Talk to your parents or spouse and your friends (unless they are causing the problems) before involving someone else.
16. Give your friend some space when she needs it.
Part of being supportive means supporting the fact that your friend will not always want to spend time with you. Learn to take a step back and give your friend space. Understand if your friend wants to be alone or go out with other people. There is no need to become sticky or needy. If he’s sticky and checks in with his friend every two seconds if they’re not around, he’ll start to look like a significant possessive being, and that won’t be appreciated.
- Don’t be jealous of your friend has many other friends. Each relationship is special and different, and that does not mean that your friend does not appreciate you.
- Allowing yourself time to spend with other friends gives you much-needed respite and allows you to get together fresh and appreciate yourself even more.
17. Be a good listener.
Don’t monopolize conversations, but take the time to truly understand and support your friend when she is talking to you. It sounds simple, but make sure you are listening as much as yourself. If you are monopolizing each conversation with your feelings, your friend is not getting anything out of the relationship. Listening opens space between the two of you and assures your friend that you care about them. If you’re just waiting for your friend to finish talking so she can say what she wants to say, it will be obvious immediately.
Try to strike a balance by letting your friend talk half the time. Although some people are shyer than others, if your friend feels that she cannot say anything when she is around you, it will be difficult to have a healthy and bilateral friendship. If you accidentally interrupt, say something like “Oh, sorry continue.”
18. Be respectful.
Good friends respect each other by supporting each other openly. If your friend has certain values and beliefs that don’t align with yours, respect her choices and be open to hearing more about her. If you want your friend to trust you, then your friend should feel comfortable expressing opinions that you disagree with or discussing a new perspective with you. If your friend thinks that you will reject any interesting or original idea that she may have, then your friendship will not be valued.
Sometimes your friend will say things that seem boring, uncomfortable, or annoying to you, but if you respect your friend, it will give her room to talk and do it without judgment.
During times when you do not face to face with your friend, respectfully disagree and be willing to see things differently.
19. Allow yourself to be honest and vulnerable.
If you want to be a good friend and want your friend to trust you, then you must be honest about your feelings, the actions of your friends, and how you feel about your friendship. If you are honest about how you feel and allow yourself to be vulnerable with your feelings, that will open up direct lines of communication with your friends and make them open to you. If your friend hurt you, don’t be afraid to talk about it; If something bothers you, don’t feel too shy to talk to your friend about it.
Being honest is different from being so direct that you hurt your friends. If you think your friend has a drinking problem, for example, you owe it to your friend to start a conversation about it. But if you think your friend is looking a little weird in her new dress, you might want to keep your mouth shut.
Be real. Connect with people you value on a deep level if you want to have long-term sustainable friendships. Invest in people you can be yourself with. If your behavior lacks sincerity, your friendship will not last. Be honest about how you feel, even if you think your friend might disagree.
20. Send her a text message to hang out.
Determine something that both of you can do and ask if she wants to meet with you. This could be lunch, rock climbing, or going to see a band. If you’re having trouble thinking of something to do, try to remember what you talked about earlier and choose something that interests both of you. Don’t make the encounter romantic and don’t flirt with your text messages or you could send the wrong signals. You can even go so far as to tell her that you are not looking to go out right now.
Don’t send too many text messages if she doesn’t respond. She may be busy or just doesn’t want to talk. You don’t want to seem desperate for friends, and you don’t want to make her angry or upset either. Funny or interesting pictures are also good things that you can share by text. Try to be as kind as possible in your texts. If the girl sends you a lot of text messages, then you should reply to her. Try to find out how much you like texting, and then try to match that energy.