Introduction: Man is a social animal. He cannot life alone. Men of similar dispositions are naturally attracted towards each other. In course of time, intimacy grows between then. They begin to trust each other. This is called friendship.
Friendship is a feeling of mutual trust, support and affection between two people. A friend can be a companion, workmate, class-mate or any person with whom our feelings of affection are attached. There is a mutual exchange of emotions, trust and supports among friends.
Friendship between people of the same age: Friendship, generally, grows between people of the same age and dispositions. They have similar passions, emotions and sentiments. When a student meets another student in a classroom, he finds that they both have the same vision and objective for life. This shared vision towards the same goal help them to come closer and help each each-other. This is why, generally, people of the same age turn into friends.
Even offices, various people work together as a team to achieve the organizational goal. The achievement of the organizational targets will in turn improve their chances of individual success. In some cases, we make our best friends for life at our workplace.
Benefits of making friends: Friendship is both good and necessary.
A man cannot pass his days all alone. In the company of friends, people pass their days cheerfully. In happy days, they share the joys of one another. Our pleasure grows greater when we share it with our friends.
They do not feel the rigors of life. In distress, friends help one another. They help us to overcome any depressive situation and build our self-esteem.
Apart from sharing happiness and love, they also act as our honest guides or mentors. At times when we are confused and not in a state of making decisions, we can always approach our friend to discuss our confidential matter and seek his opinion.
We confide our secrets to a friend, and can trust him in everything we hold dear.
Thus, a friend is the sharer of both joys and woes.
Real and false friends: Real friendship is rare. Many people gather round men of power and pelf to serve their own selfish ends under the garb of friendship. They remain with their friends as long as their selfish needs are met. They leave their friends when their power and pelf are gone. Such selfish friends are many in this world. Such friends are more dangerous than enemies and people should be cautions of such friends. It is difficult to find a real friend.
A real friend is he who helps his friend in need. He stands by him in the day of his adversity.
‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
This is why it has been said that, ‘Fortune brings friends but adversity tries them”.
Caution in selection: People should be very cautious about selecting friends they should cultivate friendship with men of character, so that there may not be a split when friendship has sufficiently advanced. It is very bitter and painful to cut off connections later, on account of bad blood between friends. True friendship lasts till death and does not fluctuate from time to time.
Friends imbibe the modes of thoughts and habits of each other. Thus, a person of bad character should be avoided at any cost. Therefore, we should choose our friends with care and caution.
10 Qualities of good friends
The essential qualities of good friends is given below:
Good friends are trustworthy, loyal and honest.
They are good listeners. They pay close attention to what we are saying.
They easily forgive us for our mistakes.
They do not judge us on the basis of our material possessions, success, power, or money.
They do not hesitate to give us valuable suggestions for our benefits.
They share their moments of joy with us.
They are ready to help us any-time. At the same time, they freely ask us for help when in need.
They support in our personal and professional life.
They encourage us to do what we really love to do.
Most importantly, Good friend value our presence in their life. They give us immense love and accept us the way we are.
Conclusion: Friendship is based on love, sacrifice, trust and consideration of mutual welfare. True friendship is a solace and a boon. Those men are fortunate indeed who have got really true and sincere friends.