Friendships Bloom, Like a Flower...Be sure and water it.
Who doesn't appreciate their friends? True friends are wonderful gifts that keep on giving. A friendship takes work, just like any relationship. A friendship that's balanced, in which case, you both place effort into the relationship...is sure to last. When a friendship becomes too much work, it's best to part ways.
Friends: Encourage us. Inspire us. Laugh with us. Cry with us when we are sad. Cheer us up when we are down. Comfort us.
Friends exchange silly stories. Remember us when we have passed on. Have a special place in their heart reserved for us.
Friends don't sugar coat, they tell us like it is. Their honesty helps us bond.
Friends sometimes grow apart, but that's OK. We take what we learned from that friendship to the next friendship. We continue to blossom with each new friend we have.
With social networking being accessible worldwide, having friends on all continents continues to amaze me. In a matter of minutes you could chat with friends who live in Australia, South Africa, Canada or even India! I love technology!
I listed 55 reasons to appreciate your friends. I am sure there are many more reasons. Feel free to list your reasons in the comment section.
Friends are the family that we chose...
- They ask, "how are you" because they care about you.
- They are someone you could be yourself with...no fake friends allowed.
- They tell you where to find a good sale and always brings extra coupons, if needed.
- They don't brag or gloat, instead they share their excitement and applaud yours.
- They laugh at your lame jokes, even if they've heard them countless times.
- They are comfortable being with you, even during moments of silence.
- They feel your pain and try to make you feel better.
- They send postcards saying "wish you were here" and they mean it.
- They finish our sentences and are correct.
- They allow us to join in on our conversations. Friends want to hear what you have to say. No one ended conversations are allowed.
- They bring out the best in you.
- They are closer than actual family, they are the family you have chosen.
- They see our success before we do and feel the pride that we do.
- They know the real you and STILL like you.
- They wish the best for you and want no harm to come to you.
- They encourage and motivate you. Whether it's to lose weight, stop smoking or exit a bad relationship...friends are there to keep us strong.
- They lift us up and don't bring us down.
- They will scratch that itch that you can't reach.
- They know the right word to say at the right moment.
- They have very huge shoulders and don't mind lending them out.
- They are free counselors. No matter the issue, they are there to listen to you vent.
- They are presents we give ourselves. No returns or exchanges are allowed.
- They make exercise more fun.
- They help nurse you while you are ill.
- They tell you to chill out and to take a break. Even if you don't listen.
More reasons to appreciate friends...
26. They tell you they have your back and it's not just talk.
27. They care enough to ask how your day was.
28. They are like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.
29. They won't sugarcoat answers to your questions. Friends state the facts.
30. They remember special memorable events and dates.
31. They are considerate of your feelings.
32. They help you burn calories with laughter.
33. They are beneficial for your health, friendships help prolong your life.
34. They will be your chauffer when you need a ride.
35. They will bring you gas when you run out.
36. They will help keep you cool when you are fired up.
37. They know your favorite dessert and exactly when you need to indulge.
38. They have longs arms for hugs.
39. They will hold your hand when you get a tattoo.
40. They allow you to borrow their clothes.
41. They are your designated driver after you had one too many.
42. They will go to a concert with you even if they don't like the band.
43. They will get to you fast when you need them!
44. They will dry your tears on your wedding day.
45. They will help you face your fears.
46. They will host a surprise birthday party for you and not reveal your age.
47. They could order for you in a restaurant because they know your favorite meal.
48. They keep us in their thoughts and pray for us.
49. They bring you sunshine before, during and after the rain.
50. They know when you are ready to give up and won't let you.
51. They send you surprise gifts just for the fun of it.
52. They will house or pet sit for you in times of need.
53. They will alert you to XYZPDQ.
54. They beat you at Words With Friends and don't rub it in.
55. They text you random pictures and emoticons just to make you smile:)
© 2012 Linda Bilyeu
bella miguel-mambo on July 02, 2020:
I love all the reasons about friend
Suzie from Carson City on August 16, 2018:
Linda Sue......I am overjoyed to leave you a comment here, today especially! Your sweet daughters tell us that you have been released from the hospital, after your long stay. This is WONDERFUL news to me and to all the many people who love you!
I've been with you in spirit, throughout this ordeal and of course, intend to be here for you at all times. Just reach out any time, girlfriend and I'm ready to offer whatever you may need.
Take your time, be patient and just heal each day until you feel like your inner "Sunshine" is shining as brightly as ever before. Your strength and perseverance is amazing. We are all pulling for you, praying for your complete recovery and ready to celebrate success with you!
All my thoughts, love and hugs, Linda......Rest & think happy thoughts! Effer
Lauren on August 15, 2018:
I have a great friend who is like a sister to me her name is Kendra she helped me out many times when I broke my arm she helped me to go to the bathroom when my mom was outside because it hurt so bad to bend my elbow at the time she came over when I was sick throwing up when my dad was working and my mom was gone she comforted me when my dad died she even when to his funeral he died suddenly by the way she has calmed down many panic attacks and she helped me through a bad friendship break up
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on March 02, 2014:
Well thank you Nithya & Lady E :)
Elena from London, UK on March 01, 2014:
I love this Hub. I've just seen it on Twitter - tweeted by Nithya. :-)
Nell Rose from England on June 30, 2013:
I did laugh at the ordering our meal bit, my friend used to do that all the time for me! lol!
StrictlyQuotes from Australia on April 11, 2013:
Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 10, 2013:
I've been thinking a lot about friendship lately, and this tells it so perfectly! Real friends are everything on your list and more. Friends are never too busy to lend an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or a hand to help... Thanks for a lovely hub, Linda!
Bajazid from Sarajevo, Bosnia on April 10, 2013:
Love positive and motivation hubs. Thanks for this!
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 10, 2013:
I forgive you Effer, my SFAM. BTW Happy Birthday to you!!!! (4/10)
Suzie from Carson City on April 10, 2013:
WTH??!! I actually MISSED a hub of yours? No way! Must have been while I was away in Ga. !! This is a shameful crime!
I LOVE all 55 reasons and agree....but I need only ONE reason to appreciate my SFAM....and that's because she's the Real Deal! UP+++
Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 09, 2013:
And all these 55 reasons, I like!! Sharing, Linda!
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 09, 2013:
LoveDoc, Mary, Jainismus ... Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! :)
Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on February 02, 2013:
I liked the reasons. Thank you for sharing.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 21, 2012:
I loved this Hub. I am very grateful for my friends, in real lift and on HubPages. You included, of course. I find myself getting immersed in the lives of my Hubber friends and their problems and joys become mind. I think of you often and even though you have some rough times in your life, you always smile and spread that sunshine.
I voted UP, etc.
lovedoctor926 on November 21, 2012:
This is an awesome hub Linda. Happy Thanksgiving my friend:)
check out what I wrote with regards to tackling tasks.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 20, 2012:
Michelle ~ Steph ~ LaThing ~ Carter06 ~ dwachira ~ Break of Dawn ... Thank you all for your friendly comments.
Break of Dawn on November 14, 2012:
What a wonderful hub! A great reminder that we should cherish our close and dear friends. Life would be very empty without them. Thank you Linda!
Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on October 12, 2012:
We have every reason to love our friends, i would not imagine how life would be without friends. I agree with you, they bring the best in us and they provide the much needed warmth to make our lives better. Great article, voted up and useful.
Mary from Cronulla NSW on October 08, 2012:
Loved this sunshine...friends are so special & thanks for the reminder...Up & awesome and will pin this one...cheers
LaThing from From a World Within, USA on October 08, 2012:
Wow, Linda, this is a faboulous hub! It's better than the one I wrote, and I didn't even know you had written this! I wasn't here 8 months ago, so missed it! Thanks for SHARING...... :)
Hugs from here!
Stephanie Henkel from USA on October 05, 2012:
Never take your friends for granted because they add so much to our lives. Thanks for reminding us for all of the things our friends do for us!
Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 02, 2012:
When you meet great friends, be thankful for them! You are a great friend, Sunshine,just like this hub! Of course I am sharing, pinning and tweeting!
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on August 11, 2012:
Vellur ~ AudreyHowitt ~ ChristyWrites ~ Jools99 ~ Moonlake ... Thank you for your comments. Y'all obviously have some good friends who you appreciate! :)
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on August 11, 2012:
Tillsontitan...Ain't that the truth! I totally agree! :)
Jools Hogg from North-East UK on August 01, 2012:
Linda, great hub. Friends are worth their weight in gold - they step up for you and support you when you're down and then when it's your turn, you do the same. I am so thankful for my friends, especially these last six months when I was unhappy at work, they were so wonderful - I love em all!
moonlake from America on July 08, 2012:
Friends are the best thing you can have in your life. They often take the place of family. I have friends I have had since childhood. Enjoyed your hub. Vote Up.
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 08, 2012:
Awe, what a sweet and happy hub! Thanks Sunshine :) I vote up and will share around my circles with my friends
Audrey Howitt from California on June 15, 2012:
Yay for friendds and Yay for all the reasons that you have stated!
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 15, 2012:
Wonderful, awesome reasons. You have expressed them so well. Voted up.
Mary Craig from New York on June 15, 2012:
Always good to be reminded why we love our friends! "They bring you sunshine before, during and after the rain."
The Queen of Lists has done it again, insightful and makes me proud to be your friend.
Voted up, awesome and useful.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 21, 2012:
Awwww Lisa! Thank you! I am honored to be YOUR friend. I appreciate you!
Thank you AnnaCia and Genx for your comments!:)
GenX Steph on April 10, 2012:
AnnaCia on April 09, 2012:
Great hub. Thank you so much for reminding your readers about the qualities of a real friend. My list f friends is small, and I prefer it that way because the ones I have meet the requirements you point out.
Liz Rayen from California on March 20, 2012:
What a fabulous Hub Linda. If everyone followed this list of 55 ways to appreciate friends as well as each other, how wonderfully better the world would be. It has to start somewhere, why not with us!? I'm honored to be your friend. You are such an inspiration to me! Voted up!!! Lisa
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on March 08, 2012:
Hi Bobbi, You are what I refer to as a gift. Possibly it's the Florida sun that surrounds us that makes us want to spread the sunshine around. Keep on being your awesome self, the world needs more Bobbi's:)
Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on March 08, 2012:
I don't know how I miss this hub, but thank you so much for doing it. You are the best, and I sure you probably have more friends than most people do.
You spread sunshine with every hub you write, and I for one am so glad you are my hub friend. It has been a joy to read all your Fan hubs---I just love them.
Your Hub Friend,
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on February 08, 2012:
Justin, Friends who tell you XYZPDQ are true friends!:)
Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on February 08, 2012:
dang, linda. I forgot all about xyzpdq
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on February 02, 2012:
You are truly blessed ish. Enjoy your wonderful friendship!
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on February 02, 2012:
This hub reminded me of my best friend and made me feel happy that I am blessed to have a true friend possessing almost all the qualities mentioned aboved by you! Thank u for sharing. Interesting and Awesome. Vote up.
Priscilla from El Paso on January 24, 2012:
I really like this hub, made me realize why I truly appreciate my friends and why they are important in my life.
Kimberly Lake from California on January 23, 2012:
What a great reminder of the many reasons why we should appreciate our friends! Thanks for sharing.
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on January 23, 2012:
They bring you smiles to start your day... just like you have done so many times.
Cheers my friend
UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on January 23, 2012:
It looks like you have a awesome group of friends...thanks for sharing your photos and your 55 reasons...so I have a question...do you start your hub by picking how many reasons you want in the hub...or do you just type away until the all the reasons are used? Voted up and very interesting.
Movie Master from United Kingdom on January 23, 2012:
Wonderful hub Linda, friends are so special, voting up!
Swetank Raj from India on January 23, 2012:
Great and awesome too. Really it is best qualities of friend that you have expressed in your hub!
jynelleybelly on January 22, 2012:
I love it! Voted up, useful, and beautiful. I love how simple this hub is! What a pleasant reminder. Thank you!
Rachel Richmond from California on January 22, 2012:
nomadicasian on January 22, 2012:
It goes to show that you really are a friend to everyone. Another great friendly hub Ms. Sunshine.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 22, 2012:
Hi Susan! Yes that's always wonderful to see a friend after many years and it feels like it was just yesterday:)
Thank you girltalk for your comment!!
LOL drbj! Fantastic add-on to the list!! Well done!
drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 22, 2012:
These are excellent reasons to appreciate your friends, Sunshine. Thanks for sharing this awesome list. Here is my favorite definition of a really good friend:
A friend will help you move.
A really good friend will help you move . . . a dead body! :)
girltalksshop on January 22, 2012:
My friends are very important to me. I love this hub and its meaning behind it, plus all your reasons for having a friend. : ) Great hub!! Voted up for sure!
Rika Susan from South Africa on January 22, 2012:
Oh yes, Sunshine! Can't be without my friends. And one of the best things about old friends in particular is that even if you see them after an interval of 20 years, you can still just pick up the conversation. Absolutely love that 'at home' feeling you get then.
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 22, 2012:
Thank you all for your friendly comments and thoughts:)
Stoill Barzakov from Sofia, Bulgaria on January 21, 2012:
Thank you for cheering me up miss Sunshine :)
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 21, 2012:
I've also read many times that friends help you live longer. Voting this Up and Interesting.
Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on January 21, 2012:
It is said best when friends are the family you choose for yourself... it is even better when you can call family your friends as well. This world is great because we have friends!
Stokermm from Gainesville, FL on January 21, 2012:
aww what a sweet hub!! Loved it. It reminded me of a few special friends. Oh, LOVE the pictures, too!!!! :))
Jill on January 21, 2012:
Proud to say your my friend xoxo
Sondra from Neverland on January 21, 2012:
Aaw everyone needs friends. The world would be so lonely if you shut the world out and refused to let anyone in. I love you and I'm so glad you're MY friend!
Ruchira from United States on January 21, 2012:
Wow, a beautiful tribute to all friends out there and to my new friends whom I befriended today!
You nailed this one, Linda
Voting way up as AweSOme!!
Nell Rose from England on January 21, 2012:
Hi, this is so lovely, I have lost touch with a few of my friends, this makes me want to go find them! saying that, I am going out with one of them tomorrow for lunch so that will be nice.
Dave from United States on January 21, 2012:
I feel so much better after I visit your hubs! Nice job!
angela p from Richmond, Virginia on January 21, 2012:
Such a great article on friends. I will be sharing this with my best friend too. Isn't it funny how you can tell who is your friend and who isn't?
Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on January 21, 2012:
This describes my best friend to a T. Except for the one about drying my tears on my wedding day. She sang at my wedding and while all eyes were on me about to walk down the aisle, she mouthed (and was serious), "Come on let's go." Then she thumbed the side door. I started laughing, she started laughing, and we were the only two who knew why. LOL That's a great memory! Thanks for writing this hub. I am putting this on her FB page. Voted up and across!! :-)
Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 21, 2012:
Yay! Great hub and I totally agree, to be is more a part of having a friend than anything. And #11 has to be the best reason of all time!