Not every person in your life you consider to be your friend is indeed a true friend. Being let down by people in your life is the only way to learn that you shouldn’t rely on others.
Unfortunately, it’s inevitable. We all get let down at some point in our lives and those we thought were friends, didn’t have our best interests at heart.
However, that being said, there are people who will be true friends, who will put you before many other aspects of their life and who will literally do anything to ensure you are happy, healthy and living your life to the fullest. Here are five ways you can tell if your friend is a true friend:
1. Do they make time for you?
This can be taken two ways and your true friend should check both of these boxes. Firstly, when they are busy, do they rearrange their schedule to ensure they see and speak to you often enough? Do they regularly want to hang out, have a long phone call, or send a quick text to check in with you? If they do, chances are they love being around you and want to make sure you’re doing okay like a true friend would.
Secondly, when you need them, are they there? Sure, you can’t expect somebody to drop everything and come running if one of your boyfriends has just cheated on you, but true friends should.
If they know you need them, no matter how small or large the situation, they should find a way to be there for you. Pay attention to those who do this – they are rare and should be treasured.
2. Do they celebrate your achievements?
You’ve just landed a new job with an amazing pay packet – is your friend jealous that they’re not earning as much as you? Or are they cheering you on, happy that you’re where you want to be.
This can apply to any situation, however small – if your friend is cheering you on through your good times and your achievements (even when the green-eyed monster rears his ugly head), they’re true friends. If they seem off, jealous or bitter towards you, they don’t want the best for you if they can’t have it too.