The “Real Friend” Checklist

The "Real Friend" Checklist

The people we spend our free time with will end up influencing the quality of our lives. So, it’s a really good idea to choose wisely when it comes to friends. Are we suggesting you ditch certain friends? Absolutely. Some relationships just need to go if they don’t pass the Happier Daily good friend checklist.

Here are the key characteristics to look for in better friends:

1) People Who Clean Up After the Party
Lots of “friends” will show up for the party, but those who will stay after without being asked to clean up, hold your hair while you puke or bring you food while you’re sick–that’s a real friend. The rest simply show up for the fun stuff and check out when things get real.

2) People Who Know When to Shut Up
In the research we’ve done, it’s clear that these loud and dramatic types steal too much from us; such as our time, our peace-of-mind, and our sanity. How do you put a price on that? They tend to make better entertainers than they do friends.

3) People Who Make Things Happen
Resourceful, goal-oriented people who make things happen tend to make great friends too. They push themselves and will naturally help push you to be the best you can be too.

4) People Who Don’t Suck
They will say what they mean and mean what they say. You won’t have guess or worry what they will do in most situations. They will try their best, they’ll admit when they’re wrong and are willing to give credit where credit is due.

We hope this helps you find out who your friends are. There are millions of people to choose from; choose wisely my friends. 🙂


  1. I am 65 years old. have my own business for long time.
    don’t have a lot of friends but the one’s I do have are
    definitely not takers, they are givers, like me.
    I make sure I stay positive and sometimes need a pretty
    bid shovel to dig the positive up. life is hard enough all
    by itself. keep moving forward.

  2. I learned a huge lesson about two people I thought were my “friends” the other day when they stabbed me on the back. It was an expensive and hardest lesson, but now it stuck since they emotionally hurt me so much! I will go with my gut feelings from now on and not be so trusting of so many whether or not they are supposed to be living a more “spiritual” life! It’s quality, not quantity, if that makes any sense?

    • That makes perfect sense! I have been way too trusting only to be taking advantage of. Always trust yourself and your intuition. If someone has genuine interest in your friendship they will let you take the time it takes to trust them.

    • I am so sorry that you were betrayed and you suffered a broken heart. I know from my own personal experience how devastatingly painful it is when ” friends ” betray you. Acknowledge your feelings, then forgive them, and yourself. God does not want us to be alone. Therefore, guard your heart, but do not shield it from everyone. You are worthy of love!

  3. Correct! I’m a doer and not a taker. When I got sick! The only True friend that was by my side was my sweet little girl Chihuahua Pinky T. Everyone I knew in my neighborhood didn’t even bother to check on me. I had always been there for them.
    Then when I moved they couldn’t understand. I told them there’s nothing here for me! 😉

  4. And you can tell a lot about a person by the things they say about other people because if they talk about somebody behind their back to you and they do it a lot then best believe they’re going to talk about you behind your back!


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