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24 Little Things You Can Do to Be a True Friend

People share the small but meaningful things their friends do that make a big difference in their lives.

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Be a true friend: Show up and listen

"I was having a horrible day dealing with job and divorce stress and my friend brought me ice cream. Just having her show up to listen to me whine was exactly what I needed." —Tracy Clark

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Be a true friend: Send a quick, thoughtful text

"I send random texts to my best friend, I just want to let her know she has someone in her corner hoping that today goes great for her." —Niki Bailey. These are the types of close friends every adult woman should have.

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Be a true friend: Rehash your inside jokes

"I once freed my friend from a giant lizard mob boss from an alien desert planet, with the help of my sister (who was also my friend's girlfriend), and his big bear friend. Wait, that wasn't me and my friend, that was Luke and Han in Return of the Jedi. Oops, my bad. But my friend and I are so cool we're basically Luke and Han anyhow." —Ted Williams

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Be a true friend: Know their favorite treats

"My best friend always comes to see me when I'm sick. She even brought me Arby's pink lemonade almost every day I was pregnant with twins and had to be in the hospital for weeks because she knew it was all I wanted to drink." —Alison Marie

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Be a true friend: Make a rough day better

"One of my friends and co-workers would bring me some of their dinner from the night before and leave it in the fridge at work when I was in the middle of a long trial, so I wouldn't have to worry about feeding myself on late nights." —Adrianne McMahon 

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Be a true friend: Share your Netflix account

"I came down with a horrible stomach bug when my husband was out of town. My best friend came showed up with saltines, sprite, essential oils, and—the best part—her Netflix password." —Megan Simecek. Find out how to turn an online friend into a real-life friend.

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Be a true friend: Babysit on occasion

"I have a great friend who will pick up my son from preschool if my baby is napping so I don't have to wake her up. She'll also just show up sometimes to pick up my kids for an afternoon to give me a break." —Lia Flynn

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Be a true friend: Bring them a birthday cake

"Today is my birthday and I know my friend is making me a cake. Sometimes when you're an adult no one thinks to do that for you!" —Tamara Castellari. Surprise your bestie with these 54 gifts for every friend in your life.

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Be a true friend: Be there even when you're busy

"My friends are a bunch of super-moms and we're all incredibly busy. But any time someone has a problem we'll all drop everything to help her out. Sometimes friendship is recognizing that it takes a village and knowing that no matter how over-burdened we all are, we're still there for each other when things get tough." —Emily Pfeiffer

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Be a true friend: Stop by with dinner for no reason

"My neighbor stops over once in a while after I get home from a long day of teaching with dinner or dessert to share. It is such a welcome happy thing to brighten my day." —Jan Theobald

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest