Wellness Wednesday: Defining Friendships

Count on me through thick and thin
Our friendship that will never end
When you are weak I will be strong
Helping you to carry on
Call on me I will be there
Don’t be afraid
Please believe me when I say
Count on…” – Waiting to exhale


According to britannica.com “friendship is a state of enduring affection, esteem, intimacy, and trust between two people. In all cultures, friendships are important relationships throughout a person’s life span.”


4 TYPES OF FRIENDSHIPShttps://people.howstuffworks.com:
  • Acquaintance – people we know well enough to make small talk with on a regular basis, but not really people we’d invite to a dinner party or call on if we needed assistance.
  • Friend – people that are your ‘crowd‘ and the ones that you tend to socialize with on a regular basis.
  • Close friend – when the going gets rough you are more likely to reach out to a “close friend” for help or support and these are the people you trade secrets with.
  • Best friend – the rarest type of friend and the kind of friend that we all need to have in our lives. It’s the friend who gets you without you having to explain yourself. It’s the type of friend who loves you no matter what.

N.B. “Friendships are relationships that involve two very critical dimensions – interdependence and voluntary participation. It is important to note that in today’s social media-heavy society, people often get confused about their friend status. The process of actually ‘making true friends‘ hasn’t changed! What has changed is the blanket labeling of acquaintances, acquaintances of acquaintances, and close friends all with the same title, ‘friend,’  –  Dr. Suzanne Degges-White


  • Do you (not) believe true friendships should be reciprocal?
  • Do you celebrate your friends, any other day?
  • Do you honor your friend’s love language same way you do with romantic relationships?
  • Do you believe that friends outgrow each other at some point in their lives?
  • Would you leave a friendship should you realize it is no longer beneficial?


Friendship is all about the first person you want to tell the good news to , and with whom you will share the bad



QUESTION: What really defines friendship and/or what qualities quantify friendship to you?