Personal Development

How to be a better friend to those in need

supporting a friend

Wondering how to be a better friend to someone in need?

Friendship is something we all treasure. Through thick and thin they say. When you are having problems or have hit a bump in life, that is when you know who your friends truly are.

Not all days are going to be rosy. Today you might be having fun with your friend. Tomorrow, things might go badly for them. And that is when you need to offer a shoulder to lean on and cry on if you really treasure their friendship.

Tips on how to be the best possible friend to those you care for

Listen to their problems

The first rule on how to be a better friend to a pal who is going through a difficult time is to offer a listening ear. Call your friend and have them vent or cry. Don’t interrupt them while they are talking. As much as possible steer clear from giving your opinion. Just sit there and listen. Maybe they just want to take the load off their chest. Try as much as possible to keep your emotions in check. All you need to do is to assure them that everything is going to be okay.

Offer calm, rational advice

man supporting a friendOnly offer advice if your friend asks for it. I understand how upsetting it can be to see your friend hurting. However, the best way you can be helpful is to be calm. Offer them rational advice. Whatever happens, don’t blame them for the situation they are in. Even if they are, try being a little soft on them. Or hold off till they are done mopping.

How to be a better friend is to just be there

Even if you have nothing to offer, moral support is very important. Send them a card to let them know you are thinking of them. Check on them. And if they need space, give it to them.

Cheer them up by spending time doing things they like

Laughter is the best medicine. Whoever said that was right. Do things that you and your friend love doing together. Better yet, watch a comedy.