I am genuinely interested in my friends, asking about their lives and enjoying their company.
In conversations with my friends, I try not to do all the talking -- allowing them plenty of opportunity to talk.
As much as possible, I give my friends freely of my time, attention and help when they need it.
If a friend offends me or hurts my feelings, I forgive them quickly. I don't hold a grudge.
I don't talk negatively about my friends behind their backs. I'm quick to defend them if others badmouth them.
I am open and honest with my closest friends, and able to be my true self.
I let my friends share in decisions about what we do together. I don't always have to be in charge.
I am happy for my friends when they have other friends and interests outside of our relationship.
I keep my friends' confidences and avoid spreading gossip about them.
I accept the ways my friends and I are different, and do not judge or criticize them.
If I offend my friends or hurt their feelings, I'm quick to apologize and try to make things right.
I know that true, lasting friendships require time, commitment and, sometimes, hard work. I'm willing to work hard to have close friendships.