You can never have too many friends, and the friends we keep throughout the years, are irreplaceable. According to thehopeline.com, here are several ways to be a good friend: (1) be real, (2) be honest, (3) be a good listener, (4) make time for your friend, (5) keep their secrets, (6) encourage your friend, (7) be loyal, (8) be willing to work through conflict, and (9) Watch out for your friend.  Never give up on your friends, we all go through troubles in life and face challenges, its okay to go out of your way to help them, “never half-ass things when it comes to your friends.”  Its often times when we need help the most, we seldom ask for help, especially from friends, not wanting to bother them with our troubles in life. That’s normal. Don’t forget to “follow-up” with your friends, and check in with them, that’s half the battle when it comes to maintaining friends, how easily we get wrapped up in our own lives, or problems, and forget to keep in touch with friends, the sooner you let go, the more difficult it becomes getting back in touch with them, some you are forever bonded to, but not all.  “How can you avoid a falling out with someone you’ve long trusted and cared about? Start by accepting the fact that you can only change yourself. And, almost always, fixing a friendship is a matter of fixing yourself.”  Know that if you get help from a friend, there will be expectation of improvement, especially after making an amends to them, don’t let your friends down. According to psychologytoday.com, “It's no fun when you put effort into helping someone and that individual doesn't follow through. People want to help those who they're sure will act on the help or advice offered.”  Not only will you benefit from having taken the advice of someone you have received help from but you will also in turn help “boost the mood of the helper.”  That’s ones way of being a good friend, even if youre in a tough spot in life, its helps them to help you sometimes, so don’t be afraid to talk to them, or shy away from friendships in life, just because you have problems, sometimes we make friends, while going through troubles in life, “Sometimes you need another person’s wisdom, guidance.” 
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