3 Tips for Being a Good Friend

At some point in our lives, our friends become the family we get to choose. I’m blessed to have so many wonderful friends in my life and I really treasure each and every one of them. I think it’s so important to show our friends how much we care, especially as life gets busier and it becomes harder to make time for each other. If you’re wanting to be the best friend you can be, here are three tips for being a good friend:

1. Check in Regularly
I live overseas so I have friends where I live, back home and also friends scattered across the globe. Thankfully social media and Skype makes it easier than ever to keep in touch with people who are far away. I try to check in with my closet friends every week or two and while there are many of them I only see once or twice a year, I feel like we do a very good job of keeping in touch with what each other is up to. This means that we can support each other through lives challenges, such as losing loved ones or getting married, but it also means that I can share in their successes too – no matter how many miles apart we are!

2. Offer to Help
Life can be challenging – we have so much to juggle and then throw in a few of life’s most stressful events, like moving, or having children, and it can be a recipe for a breakdown. Offer to help your friends whenever you can – it can be something as small as baby sitting their kids for a night so they can escape their routine and have a proper date night. If your friends are unable to afford movers, why not offer to help them take a few loads to their new home. If you love their pets, and you know they’re planning a trip away soon, why not offer to pet sit so they don’t have to worry about where their animals will stay. There are so many small ways you can help your friends that can make a big difference in their lives. If you’re in the market to move yourself, don’t forget to Shop Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service.

3. Spoil Them
I love being generous and thoughtful with my friends and I’m lucky enough to have some friends who also enjoy doing the same with me. I have a friend who would send me regular gifts in the mail and I’d send some right back to her. It was so fun receiving a surprise in the mail and having such a thoughtful gift come when I’m feeling down or low. If we head out to eat or for a coffee, I’ll invite my friends as often as I can because it’s such a small gesture that can make someone feel so loved. I also like to buy gifts for friends as I see them, such a crossbow like these:

Good friends are a special treasure, so use these three tips in order to make sure they feel that way!