14 secrets to make friendships last forever
The deepest, most committed friendships span time, continents, and life experiences. The keys to maintaining those strong friendships often take a lifetime to learn, so we asked some of the longest lasting duos (and trios!) how they’ve managed to make their bonds unbreakable.
Honesty is always the best policy
Heather Hopkins credits her decades-long best friendship to her commitment to honesty. “Never be scared to tell your best friends how you are really feeling about any situation. A true friend will always appreciate and be grateful for honesty, even in the stickiest of situations. If your real friends can’t be honest and truthful, do you think the transients and acquaintances in your life will be?” Read how aligning the way you manage your friendships with your core values makes emotional sense.
Always assume the best and never lean into a negative presum
“Assume that everything they do is with good intentions, even when that assumption seems unreal” explains Yael Lustmann, a mother in her 40s who has managed to make her best friendship last for around 30 years. She adds that laughing off the bad stuff is a big helper, too, and admits that she picked a sort of “wild and crazy guy” to be best friends with. Learn how the power of positivity had a huge impact on one woman’s life.