Would you like to develop effective, enriching, long-lasting friendships? Here are 21 commandments of friendship that will help you attain this laudable objective:
Always do what you say you will do. Be a person of your word.
Never talk bad about a friend to others. S/he will eventually get to hear about it and see you for who you truly are.
Remain loyal to a friend in good times and bad times. Don’t be a fair-weather friend.
Keep a friend’s secret a secret. Always! That’s why you are a friend.
Always be honest. Hypocrisy is the worst kind of treason.
Accept your friend for who s/he is. Not because of their position, title, or acquisitions.
See the good in your friend – even if they haven’t reached their full potential yet.
Always value and appreciate your friend. What you don’t cherish, you will abuse.
Never ever take your friend for granted. That will lead to the demise of that relationship.
Don’t focus on your friend’s weak point(s). You are not perfect either.
Seek to understand your friend’s point of view before trying to force them to see yours.
Never expect anything. Give what you want to receive…first.
Help your friend without expecting a return in favour. It’s called friendship; not commerce.
Do not allow your friend persuade you to do something that’s against your values.
Do not force a friend to change to suit you. If you can’t accept him/her for who they are, take a walk.
Do not turn a blind eye when a friend is deliberately taking a wrong step. Counsel them with love. That’s why you are a buddy.
You need plenty of quality communication to maintain your friendship. No relationship gets better without conscious input.
If you love a friend, have the courage to tell him/her. Don’t wait to do so at their funeral.
Strengthen your friendship by sharing fun experiences. This is a great way to build a strong bond.
Do not allow your friend to persuade you to violate your morals or principles knowingly. You could end up in the wrong place.
Let your friend know just how much you value their friendship. Life is beautiful with him/her.