International Friendship Day: 5 Green Flags To Celebrate!

By Wild Ginger

International Friendship Day: 5 Green Flags To Celebrate!

July 26th, 2021 at 4:56 pm

As we become more aware of our boundaries, and their importance in every aspect of our lives, more social media posts and podcasts have popped up about the red flags in our relationships. Not just romantic relationships, we’ve been shown what warning signs to look out for in all relationships – from familial, friendships, and even in the workplace. This International Friendship Day, we’re shifting the conversation to celebrate the green flags that exist in our best and budding friendships! Read on for a positive reminder that your favourite people are indeed good for you.

 

You are never too old to celebrate International Friendship Day. At any age, the right friends can bring major benefits to your mental health and emotional wellbeing – research has shown that these healthy relationships can help us age better by providing us with happiness and enjoyment, a source of support, and a sense of belonging. They can also help improve our self-worth and confidence, so don’t our friends deserve to be celebrated? Here are 5 signs that a friendship is improving your life:

 

  • They don’t judge you.

    A real friend won’t require you to be anyone but yourself around them – they accept you as you are. This creates a healthy environment for you to thrive in as you are free to be yourself!

 

  • They are your emotional cheerleader.

    True friends won’t compete with you – instead, they will support you when you’re succeeding and try to lift you up when you’re down. You should feel good after speaking to them or spending time with them.

 

  • They respect your boundaries.

    A good friend will respect your space – not feel offended by your boundaries. They understand that you are entitled to your own time and space, and will continue to show you positivity and support.

 

  • You don’t have to talk to them everyday.

    Strong friendships allow you to pick up exactly where you left off. You won’t have to worry about growing apart because your relationship is secure enough for you to know that they’ll always be there for you.

 

  • There’s an equal give-and-take.

    One-sided relationships are unhealthy relationships. Better friendships involve a fair balance of giving and making compromises – it won’t always be 50-50, but it should at least make you feel satisfied and appreciated.

 

Sound familiar? These signs indicate that your friendship is worth continuing and developing. If your friends have been waving these green flags, show them some love this International Friendship Day! Healthy friendships are one of the greatest gifts in life.

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