We all meet and get to know lots of people in our lives, but it can be tricky to figure out who your true friends are. Good friends are the ones that will respond when you're in a time of need, or will show up to an occasion when you need or want your friends around you. In short, good friends show up.
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The Washington Post blogger Joel Achenbach writes:
Even as you manage friendships, though, you also have to remember the ultimate rule: Good friends show up. Dependably. When in doubt, go. Be there. Friends remember friends who answered the bell.
Likewise, it can be easy to turn down friend's invitations or requests for favours. You probably already spend a lot of your energy at work and with hobbies or family. Good friends will understand if you occasionally can't show up, but time will take its toll. Remember to save some of your time and energy for friends -- like anything else in life, maintaining friendships takes work.
You have to work on friendship like you work on everything else [The Washington Post]