– Loyalty is the most prized quality in any kind of relationship and those who can claim this virtue are often blessed with overall relationship satisfaction and happiness. some of the indicators of a loyal friend includes; honesty, impartiality, unconditional friendship and have boundaries.
Loyalty is a virtue and a practised trait. Striving each day to be a loyal friend is worth the effort, for both you and those whom you love. It is the most prized quality in any kind of relationship and those who can claim this virtue are often blessed with overall relationship satisfaction and happiness.
We all dream of a loyal fan base, a loyal readership, a loyal spouse, a high plateau we could reach and stay on securely forever but, this is never the reality.
Sometimes, this virtue always seem to be unattainable as the number of loyal people tends to dwindle over time with the erosion of morals. However, it can be achieved and there are loyal friends out there.
So when it comes to friendships, are you the loyal one who makes your friends feel secure?
Loyal friends have boundaries.
Abuse and misuse of loyalty for one’s gain over another is a clear red flag that your loyalty might be hurtful rather than helpful. A loyal friend might be a friend through any circumstance, but personal responsibility and self-care should always come first.
Loyal friends do not do ‘conditional’ friendships.
Conditional friendships are based on contractual interaction. A contract states, ‘I do this for you if you do this for me.’ This does not apply to loyal friendships. Payback is not necessary, nor expected. If you are willing to sacrifice, that should be your decision one you have willfully chosen to give unconditionally, without any expectation.
Loyal friends are impartial
Being impartial means you are accepting, non-discriminatory, and view others’ lives objectively based on their life experiences.
It’s rare that you and your friend will come from the exact same background, family upbringing, or culture. So understanding baseline differences and accepting them is key for offering support and learning more about the people around you. It will help strengthen other friendships, too.
A loyal friend is honest
This is always a good rule to remember, don’t expect loyalty if you can’t provide honesty. A loyal friend might not agree with you all the time and they won’t always have the same opinions as yours, but they still want you to know the truth.
Honesty is the only way to grow a relationship, friendship and make it last longer.
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