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He always has my back and would drop everything if I needed him. One of my good friends, a teacher and actress, has classes most frjend, but we discovered that both of our calendars are open on Wednesday mornings. While we need to remember that friendships undergo a natural churn as our lives change, some z end simply because we have neglected them. Be supportive of their relationships istockphoto. Letting someone give us thanks can strengthen the bonds between us," she said.

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During times when you don't see eye to eye with your friend, disagree respectfully and be willing to see things differently. Right now you should be sweating profusely, pacing the floor, and asking yourself whether or not you know how to be a good friend.

Sometimes, it happens because our own lives are changing and entering new phases. Be a more vocal supporter istockphoto. Until then, I would appreciate it if you didn't spread that around. Studies show we like people who share our musical preferences.

Sure, it may be convenient that one of your friends gives you a ride to school every day, but make sure that you do something for that friend in return. We all get too caught up in our own lives and forget how to show appreciation. Third, they spent their hard-earned cash to let me know they like me. Both are bettwr to our overall happiness, but passive friends take less time and attention, giving you more time to prioritize the friends that mean the most to you.

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Try to learn from them istockphoto. If your friend hurt you, don't be afraid to talk about it; if something is upsetting you, don't feel too shy to open up to your friend about it. Hell, sometimes even say it outright. Respect boundaries istockphoto. It takes only a few minutes of listening and care to make a connection and reinforce the bonds of friendship.

Keep secrets Shutterstock There's a certain betrayal that cuts to the core, you when you discover a friend has been sharing private details about your life. Do you want them to crash and burn later or would you rather let them suffer an ego hit, fix their act, and get out there in full confidence?

28 ways to be a better friend

Here are 4 steps to help you make friends. Be loyal to your friend. If this is recurring over time, then getter will probably be seen as untrustworthy. After a while you start assuming that because you think a certain way, your friends and others do too. It takes two minutes to drop by a desk and let someone know they are on your mind.

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Be dependable. It takes time. Have you always wanted to try a new fitness class or learn a new skill?

Friends that encourage you to go for the big promotion, the relationship you want, the degree you need for your dream career. Who challenges me? Hang out more often, not just over text. Bust out a red pen and start marking it up like crazy.

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And if you like each other's music, all the better. After all you cannot give what you do not have.

Texting is great, but nothing beats face-to-face time. Show your friend you are willing to work through the difficult times of misunderstandings and hurt feelings. Be honest and constructive.

How to be a better friend

A large body of research shows that music helps foster deeper social connections. Bevome we share extra time with a friendwe are giving back to them that gift. Be willing to work through conflict.

You could begin to wear down the friendship if the other person feels like you constantly show off or downplay their accomplishments.