The friends who make their own cup of tea when they come over to catch up. The friends who always end up staying for another coffee. The friends who you haven’t seen for a year but when you do, they feel like home. The friends you have sleepovers with, decades past your teenage years. The friends who drop everything for you when your world crumbles. The friends who invite you into their families and their homes. The friends who lend you a bed when you’ve had too much to drink to drive home. The friends who ask you for help because they know you are there for them. The ones who offer to help. The friends who you sit with for hours, so deep in conversation that you forget entirely that you are desperate for a wee. The ones you can sit in comfortable silence with. The friends who will disagree with you and tell you when you’re wrong. The ones who give you a different perspective. The ones who make you laugh, even as they wipe away the tears from your cheeks. The ones you have naughty in jokes with. The ones who lift you up; they know your bad qualities, but celebrate your good, and remind you of them often. The ones who celebrate your achievements with you and encourage you to reach higher. The friends who show interest in your life, right down to the inane details you wouldn’t even bother to mention were they not to ask. The ones who know how you feel without you having to tell them. The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships. There are lots of types of friends in life, and they are all lovely: but if you can find yourself friends like these, and you don’t need many – just one or two, or three – life will be sweet. These are friends you will keep in your heart.