As a mother, a wife, a sister, a nana, an aunt, a cousin, a friend, and then comes the other titles in life….writer, blogger, project manager, cook, baker, decorator, former finance manager, business owner, and whatever comes along in my surroundings. I value my family and I always have thought the closeness developed my people skills and my learning curiosity gave credence to the writing. My love of food but also creativity plays a large part in my culinary abilities. Today, I was reminded how important our friendships are in cultivating healthy relationships. I have friends that I truly admire for so many reasons as their talents, sweet spirits, leadership skills, communication abilities, charitable/service oriented minds, and for a lot of my friends who possess high degrees of spirituality. Let’s examine why we treasure friendships:

The 13 Essential Friendship Traits

How much do you agree with each statement?

  1. I am trustworthy.
  2. I am honest with others.
  3. I am generally very dependable.
  4. I am loyal to the people I care about.
  5. I am easily able to trust others.
  6. I experience and express empathy for others.
  7. I am able to be non-judgmental.
  8. I am a good listener.
  9. I am supportive of others in their good times.
  10. I am supportive of others in their bad times.
  11. I am self-confident.
  12. I am usually able to see the humor in life.
  13. I am fun to be around.

These traits fall into three general categories, each representing an essential aspect of relational behavior. If you find that you disagree with many of the statements, you may struggle to develop meaningful, lasting friendships.


  • Essential friendship traits fall into three general categories, each representing a critical aspect of relational behavior.
  • Everyone brings a different level of the 13 essential traits to their relationships.
  • Trustworthiness is often the “make or break” element in any interpersonal relationship.

For the complete article, click on Essential above and it will take you to the original article.

Image from Google Search for Characteristics of a good friend.

My Personal Thought on What It Means To Be a Good Friend:

First, be one! My thoughts go to something I love. Old vintage jewelry which I have several pieces. I wear them on special occasions and I take pride when someone notices them. I take good care of them, I appreciate them for their unique qualities and individualism. I don’t callously lay them aside but place them where they will be protected and safe. If I treat my friends the same way as I take care of my vintage jewelry, it will be a lifetime of great memories of good times and love. (Arline Miller, blogger and friend)

Senior Garden photo of my classmates and it is amazing how many I are still close friends.
My husband and my daughter are my dearest friends proving family members should be our closest friends.

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Author: sippingcupsofinspiration

A blogger since 2012, a published author of three Five Star romance novels, A MISTRESS, A WIFE and TELL ME LIES; LOVE ME STILL and RIDDLE ME THIS, LOVE OR BLISS. Still a small town girl with a lot of experience of people watching. Ten years of blogging experience.

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