There should be no restrictions on the number of friends you can have. Similarly, there should be no restrictions on the number of best friends you can have. The more the merrier, right? You might have one or two friends that are your BFFs, but that doesn’t mean you have to cap it off there. All of your other friends are probably pretty awesome, so it is totally understandable if you want to strengthen those relationships and turn those friends into true blue BFFs.
Making new friends can be tough and sometimes it can be a little awkward. TBH, it is a little like dating. You’re one step ahead of the game, though, because you already have the relationship. Now, all you have to do is take it to the next level. No, I’m not talking about bae stage, I’m talking about the BFF one. Just like with any kind of relationship, to turn a friend into a best bud, you need to put a little bit of effort into it. If you’re unsure about how to do it, I’ve got your back. Here are nine tips on how to turn a friend into a best friend.
Make It A Group ThingIf you normally hang out with your friend in a group, there's no need to stop doing that. Help progress things further by inviting her to things with some of your other friends she doesn't know. You'll be able to get everybody acquainted and you don't have to worry about it being awkward if it was just the two of you because there are others around. Image source: iStock
Keep Your PromisesTo take this relationship to true blue buddies, you need to show that you're actually a good friend. If you make a promise to go out to dinner, don't blow her off just so you can watch Netflix. If you say you're going to do something, do it. FYI: That also includes being on time. It's understandable if things come up at the last minute, but just make sure you're honest with her about it and you don't leave her hanging. Image source: iStock
Try Something New TogetherHave you and your friend always wanted to try making sushi? Do you both have a random dream about going on a bike ride around the entire city? Make those things a reality. When you experience something new together for the first time, you'll form those special memories together. Image source: iStock
Check In With HerOne of the simplest ways to turn your friend into a best friend is to let her know that you're interested and that you care. Did she mention she was nervous about her test? Ask her how it went. Did she say she was stressing out about bae? Call her up and ask her if things got resolved. She'll appreciate that you're an attentive person who remembered. Plus, if she does have a problem, she might feel comfortable letting you in on it so you can help her out. Image source: iStock
Don't Come On Too StrongIt's great that you want to improve your friendship, but coming on too strong can be a turnoff. It's the same with friendships as it is in relationships. You want to be best friends with the girl. You don't want to suffocate her or look like you're stalking her. Plus, you want to remember all of your other BFFs and friends. Image source: iStock
Build Up TrustTrust equals great relationships. Without trust, you cannot have very much. If your friend confides in you or asks you to keep something a secret, do it. Using it as brunch gossip isn't going to get you very far. If you show that you're the trustworthy, reliable friend that I know you are, your friend will be more inclined to share more with you. Image source: iStock
Let Her Know That You're ThereSometimes people don't actually realize that you're there for them. Sometimes you need to make it crystal clear. Tell her! If she's freaking out about something, tell her that you're there to help or ask her what you can do to improve the situation. However, only say you're there if you're actually going to be. Saying you're there and then falling through is just going to upset her. Image source: iStock
Do Things IRLIf you're constantly online together, that is great, but seeing her in person is one way to strengthen your relationship. I know it can be hard to find time to meet up, but sometimes you have to make time to do it. You don't even need to make it a daylong event, a coffee break or lunch are good enough. And think about it this way: If you don't have time to meet up from time to time, what kind of friendship do you really want to have? Image source: iStock
Don't Try To Force ThingsProps to you that you want to advance your relationship. However, you need to remember that the other friend in this relationship needs to want it too. If she's not down with the meetups or she is ditching you at the last minute, she could be sending a message that this isn't what she wants. Don't try to force something that doesn't feel natural. There are lots of other friends out there who would love to be one of your BFFs so go show them some love. Image source: iStock
How have you strengthened your relationship with your friends? Let us know in the comments!
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