Often, our closest friends are lifelong partners that we don’t fully acknowledge. When deciding how to pursue and build a friendship, use the same framework that you’d use with a potential love interest. As you get to know a new friend, look for commitment, reliability, and acceptance. Does this person show up for you, both physically and emotionally, when they say they will? Do you feel good about yourself after hanging out with them? Can you show your real self to them? If the answer is yes, it sounds like you’ve found a friendship that’s really worth investing in.
Contributor: Louise Head from Life Unscripted Counseling