One could not imagine a life without friends. Friends bring about a sense of balance in one's life and allow one to enjoy life fully. As Samuel Johnson remarks, "True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice." Friends are not quite like anyone else in one's life, one is apprehensive in others lives, concerns, and general well-being. Friends make others feel superior, are attentive, and long to be around under any circumstances. With time, the result of such qualities allows a relationship to be factual, blissful, emotionally stable, and have a unique bond. A friend "for a lifetime" provides respect, integrity, loyalty, and honesty in a relationship.

Respect is a quality in which one views others in high regard. One shares respect in a friendship. To gain one's respect, one should show respect for others. For instance, if the respect is not mutual the relationship will not have an assured outcome. A friend is respectful when one is content to be oneself.

The amount of respect will never change under any situation. One's thoughts and perception is the same no matter who is around. Respectful friends do not violate or interfere with one's personal space. True friends understand the appropriate actions to take to clarify the issue. Not only do true friends protect one another, but one also knows when to back off.

Respect is the treatment of others in a kind and considerate manner. One appreciates the ways in which he or she is unique. An open mind allows a respectful friendship to be everlasting. Integrity is the actions that one takes when no one is looking.

To have integrity one must follow one's morals and be strong against the negative aspects in life. A friend with integrity will help one live and follow the correct path. A person with out goals and with no sense of direction will only result in disappointment. As Alan Simpson reveals, "If you have integrity, nothing else matters." Integrity is a characteristic that incorporates many other qualities. One cannot prove integrity unless one has respect, honesty, and loyalty towards others. Friends do not put one down and condemn those who do.

One must be strong-willed and able to stand up for what is right in any situation. Friends help one strive for fineness and push one along the way. A friendship with good integrity is the opportunity to build a sturdy relationship. Integrity forms protection from harm and disappointment. One will always know the others actions and is prepared for the worst. Friends with integrity only know how to be one, and do not understand how to be untrue or false.

Integrity is hard to recognize in oneself. Therefore, the people who express this quality rarely dwell on what one is doing. Loyalty plays a vital role in having a perfect relationship. A disloyal friend is no friend at all. The level of loyalty between friends directly influences and determines the quality of the friendship itself. A true friend is dependable and always helps in a time of need.

A loyal friend displays an immense deal of devotion towards others. Friends keep one's needs at the utmost importance. A loyal friend allows one to become a priority over oneself. Do not be afraid to share thoughts with one another.

Offering good advice benefits loyal friends. Not only do friends offer good advice, but one also sheds light on different thoughts. A loyal friend is always willing to listen. A good listener refrains from judgment upon one to quickly. Friends are attentive and concerned in what one has to say.

A friend comforts and stands up for one no matter what the situation brings. Truly loyal friends go as far as physical altercation to defend others. A loyal friend brings about a sense of security in every occurrence in life. Honesty is the best policy in a friendship. Honesty is a foundation laid down on all good friendships.

Once this foundation is cracked, honesty becomes difficult to repair. Trust, when violated, ruins even the best friendship. An honest friend helps one to identify weaknesses and will always tell the truth. The quality of honesty assists an open relationship, complete communication, and a no secrets mentality. An honest friend tells one the truth no matter what the outcome brings. Honesty builds the trust in a friendship.

Trust forms an attachment between friends. An honest relationship consists of a strong and stable bond. In addition, maintaining this quality encourages the fulfillment of life. Establishing and maintaining lifelong friends requires an important deal of time and effort. Respect, integrity, loyalty, and honesty are the keys to a successful friendship. One should treat every individual in this manner, and particularly with friends.

A friend will cherish these qualities in a relationship and will teach them to others. In a recent survey ninety-nine percent of people sought after these qualities in a friendship. The overall results of these traits benefit one's life. Friends are one of the most fulfilling and even profitable ventures that one ever undertakes in one's lifetime. These qualities enhance our life and give us happiness.

Everyone needs friends, because a life without friends is impossible.