We all have people in our lives that we know are a good influence on us. They’re the people who we want to surround ourselves with because they inspire and motivate us to be better people. But how do you know that someone is truly a great person and not just a good person who would be an even better friend? Here are nine traits I’ve found that the best people in my life have exhibited:
You don’t have to look far to find people who will tell you that the people in your life are important. The reason why they say this is because it’s true, and not just true in an abstract way but also true in a very literal and practical way. The people in your life can help you be a better person, both by supporting you and by challenging you, by offering different perspectives and experiences as well as ones that match yours. They can bring out qualities of yourself that may otherwise remain hidden or undeveloped. And when we surround ourselves with good people who are like us—or at least share some fundamental values—we tend to be happier than when we surround ourselves with bad ones who don’t care about our happiness or well-being at all (and often try to make us feel worse).
All of these traits come from the people that I have surrounded myself with, and I can confidently say that my life has been enriched by being around them. This article is simply a list of things that I feel make a person someone you should be friends with. If you’re not sure if someone falls under this category or not, then maybe it’s time to reevaluate your friendship.