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Qualities of a Good Friend

Friends Put Life into Your Personal Gas Tank (modified Pixabay image. Thank you, Pixabay)

“Qualities of a Good Friend” by Joan Y. Edwards

I am grateful for my friends. They keep me going. They put fuel in my personal gas tank. You know what I mean. Your friends put fuel in your personal gas tank, too.

When you’re a good friend, you’ll have good friends. I hope that you have wonderful friends who surprise you with their kindness, empathy, and compassion. A good friend is a treasure. Each friend is a blessing from God sent to help you on your journey in life. I am blessed to have great friends.

There have been many times in my life when people gave me friendship that passed all my past experiences and filled me with absolute joy. I’ll share one of them with you.

In 2007, when I was caring for Mother, I decided to have a 90th birthday party for her. My friend, Linda Andersen asked me if I would like for her to drive from Fayetteville a day early and help me with the preparations!

Oh my goodness! How kind of her! I had never had anyone to do that for me. It was a teary, but joyful situation.

We had a wonderful time. She helped me organize our garage so we could get our cars in it. She helped me clean. It’s amazing how much more fun doing chores and decorating is when you have a good friend by your side. Thank you, Linda Andersen. You are a good friend.

Are you a good friend?  I believe you are.

A friend is a good listener.
A friend is non-judgmental.
A friend is loyal, reliable, and trustworthy.
A friend keeps secrets safe, but alerts authorities when your life is at stake.
A friend is fun and has a good sense of humor.
A friend forgives you and respects your personal boundaries.
A friend encourages you.
A friend is resourceful and shares information with you.
A friend is intelligent and wise.
A friend gives opinions only when asked.
A friend is a peacemaker.
A friend is a good teacher.
A friend enables others to be
independent and do things for themselves.
A friend is there for others in good times and in bad.
A friend lends a helping hand for a short time to those who are unable to do essential things to survive tough times.

Is someone out there telling you that you’re not a good friend? Do you have an inner voice that keeps telling you, you’re not a good friend? If so, repeat the affirmation statements below. You will gain a stronger belief in you, your skills, and abilities. Your positive beliefs and actions will help you become a better friend.

I am a good friend. I am loyal. I am trustworthy. I am reliable. I have great ideas. I keep secrets safe, yet I alert the authorities when the safety of my friend or  others is at stake. I am fun. I am creative. I am compassionate. I am a good listener. I have a good sense of humor. I am forgiving. I respect personal boundaries. I am encouraging. I am resourceful. I am intelligent. I am wise. I give my opinion when asked. I am a peacemaker. I enable others to be independent. I help others who are unable to do things for themselves. I am a good teacher. I am there for others in good times and in bad.

After I kept saying these statements for many days, the ones I believed became true. The ones I proclaimed as true became my reality.

If you keep saying these affirmations, your subconscious mind will lead you to make them true. Believe it’s possible.  Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your qualities as a good friend.

Thanks for reading my blog. Please feel free to ask questions and tell me stories about the great friends in your journey here on earth in the comment area. I’d love to hear from you!

Resources are below the signature.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016-2019 Joan Y. Edwards
Written 2-14-16. Revised 6-25-19


  1. AdaptiveLearnin. “Character Traits a Friend Should Have:” https://adaptivelearnin.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/five-minute-friday-character-traits-a-friend-should-have/
  2. Friends.com. “Friendship Qualities:” http://friends.com/friendship-qualities