Have you ever gawked at your friend while your heart says, “Dang! I wouldn’t have survived it without this precious human next to me!” – you better keep them close and appreciate them, we say.
Friends. They come in all shapes and sizes. Like how each flower blossoms differently, bringing joy and love to people’s life, friends do that too.
From those days in preschool where you held your best friend’s hands during school trips to zoos or museums to university days where you both played truants, get caught and laughed at each other, friends do make our life better at times.
We all need friends to share our darkest secrets, pour our hearts out, crack silly jokes and inspire us to be the better.
Friendship can be complicated, and it is necessary to choose the ‘right’ bunch of bosom buddies who will stick by us through thick and thin.
As Happy Hormones Malaysia believes that friendship is a cherishable gift, here are the 8 types of friends you need in your life to add colours and live a happy life.
Those types of friends probably know too much about everything compared to us. Whether it is global issues or general knowledge, this friend will also ace all the tests with flying colours where they don’t mind sharing their wisdom with average joeys like us.
You know, this intelligent friend is who we shamelessly go and ask to have a look at their assignment because they score perfection almost every time.
The person just crossed your mind, didn’t they? The funny and clever types of friends have always grabbed a spot in our hearts because they can make you laugh no matter how bad your day is.
With a bounty of memes and jokes, this buddy’s humour sense will brighten up any ambience and make you laugh till you cry or pee for real!
These types of friends remind you that it’s okay to make mistakes, get emotional breakdowns, not giving your best and be perfect all the time. We need this genuine soul that accepts your flaws wholeheartedly without throwing judgement, so you feel safe around them.
Cheers to the friend that slams right on your face – saying that your uncountable ‘break up and get back together’ relationship isn’t going to work. Friends must be honest with each other, and we need to hear the harsh truth sometimes.
This brutally honest friend that advises you constructively might make you cry, but you will thank them one day for spitting out the truth!
This buddy makes you wonder how you end up with them, but you did. More than the personality (introvert vs extrovert), these types of friends might be a different cultured person or someone who doesn’t have the same taste in fashion, music, food, sports and books. You don’t mind arguing with them because you know that you could not live without each other.
This friend brings you to a new world as they see things distinctively. Throughout your friendship, every moment sparks some curiosity and lots of learning, of course!
Plus, nothing beats the feel of exploring the norms of different cultures and making the efforts to flourish cross-cultural friendship.
Not everyone will be willing to lend an ear. When you are down in the dumps, wanting to be heard while you cry or talk it out, this friend will be to your rescue. Instead of advising, they truly understand you and listen to what you have to say.
Your parents love them, and this is the one friend that walks into your home whenever they want. Your best friend knows every little detail about you where an eye blink is enough to determine what they are thinking or going to say.
If you go, ‘I think I’ll have the… hmmm…’, your friend finishes off the sentence by saying, ‘She’ll have the Nasi Lemak with Ayam Pandan’. – that’s how much you understand each other.
A personal therapist, motivator and the one who laughs before helping you when you fall is your BFF. Your BFF is the person that you love the most and know that no matter what, they will be with you till the end.
Some of your friends might end up having all the characteristics, and that doesn’t matter. What matters the most is, being friends with sweethearts, even if it takes time to find the right one, because being alone or having only a friend is better than being surrounded by fake friends.
On this International Friendship Day, give your friends tight hugs no matter what types of friends they are, shower them with love and let them know how much they mean to you.