Every successful relationship requires a bit of work, and friendship is no exception. If you’re already surrounded by good humans who support you, inspire you and enrich your life then chances are, you know what it takes to build and maintain true, lifelong friendships. Ahead, 5 essential tips for keeping your best friends forever and attracting new, quality companions along the way.

Be Kind

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It’s the little things that count, like surprising your bestie with a cup of coffee from their favorite spot, or shooting them a quick text to check in when they’re going through something major. While these simple efforts may not appear to be groundbreaking, they easily demonstrate just how highly you value the relationship (and, how much you genuinely care). Be kind, and you’ll receive kindness in return. Pretty simple, right?

Be Supportive

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You may not agree with everything your closest companion does or says, and that’s totally okay. Hearing them out when discussing a topic they’re passionate about, or offering to be there when times get tough will go a long way in any friendship.

Be Truthful

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If a close friend is engaging in a thought or action that could jeopardize their well-being or the safety of others, don’t hesitate to share your concerns. (Even if the truth may be difficult to hear.) In the end, they’ll appreciate knowing that you have their back, as well as their best interests in mind.

Be Open

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Don’t be afraid to try new things––together. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to new activities that inspire and excite your BFF. Explore a new hobby together you typically wouldn’t think of trying out by yourself, like a challenging workout class or painting lessons. The shared experience, whether exciting, emotional or even a little uncomfortable, will ultimately strengthen the bond you already share and create new, lasting memories.

Be Yourself

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It’s human nature to want to impress the people you surround yourself with. But there’s a reason your friends have stuck by you through thick and thin: They love you, just the way you are. (Corny jokes and all.) Being honest and true to who you are will attract others who want the same for themselves. And trust us, you want more people like that in your life.

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