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Tips on being an even more fabulous friend

Most people would agree that friendships are vital to our happiness. Friends not only keep us company, but they can provide support and love outside of our families, especially best friends. But what makes a best friend? While we seek out positive friendships, it is also important to be a good friend. Here are some tips on being the best BFF that you can be. You might just find it comes back to you. <3
Keep In Touch
While it might seem obvious, staying in touch with our friends is vital to maintaining the relationship. Significant others, children and work commitments can easily get in the way of reaching out to our besties, causing a rift in the friendship. Schedule regular time to talk and if your friend is nearby, definitely make time to see them in person, even if it’s for a quick coffee or a walk. Carving out time for your friend shows them that you truly value them.
Be a Superhero
When your BFF asks you for help, that is the time to go above and beyond what is asked of you. Try to be as supportive and caring as possible; whether you are listening to their problems or giving them a ride to the doctor. Your actions will prove to how much you care.
Be Happy for Them
If your friend gets a promotion at work, falls in love, or has another life successes, be genuinely for happy them. It’s easy to become envious of a friend’s triumphs and try to diminish them in some way. Being proud, excited and supportive of your pal’s achievements are the hallmark of a true BFF.
Be Thoughtful
Nice gestures can show your friend that you are thinking of them. It doesn’t have to be expensive gifts; even a simple text to wish them good luck on a job interview or bringing them a coffee just the way they like it is enough for them to feel the love.
Be Yourself
One final tip for being a great friend is to be yourself. Holding back your true self can be detrimental to the relationship. Trying to change your viewpoints, opinions or actions to match those of your friend keeps them from learning (and loving) who you truly are. On the other hand, you should also allow your friend to be who they are and refrain from trying to change them as well. Being honest and respectful will allow both of you to become the best friends you can be!

Nina Sutton is a TV host, spokesperson and beauty/lifestyle expert. She specializes in mommy beauty and style.  She is also one of the winners of People Magazine’s “Real Beauty at Every Age” contest and was featured in the April 2012 “Most Beautiful” issue. With an MBA and a business background in beauty, fashion and consumer packaged goods, Nina brings real world expertise to audiences around the country. 


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