I have a friend, who, every time we talk, makes me feel better about myself. I have no idea why this happens, but I know that it is so. I have other friends that I like a lot but who do not have that effect.
Here are the characteristics that seem to define Friends of Happiness:
- They like you for you. Mostly, that means you are comfortable enough around them that you let them see who you [really] are. Which means...
- They are non-judgmental about you. Of course they could point stuff out about you, and be judgmental about others; those make for interesting conversations :)
- They are comfortable about themselves. Sometimes friends see your issues as reflections of their issues, and conversations about you are actually about them.
- They teach you about yourself. Either by observing you or by giving you the freedom to observe yourself.
Sometimes when I'm in an introspective mood, like now, I consider "my friend collection". Friends of Happiness are particularly valuable!