How do you know when you have made a true friend? True friends care about each other. You can count on them to be with you, listen to you, and be grateful for the time you spend together. A true friend builds you up, encourages you, and creates a special bond. They stand by you. You always feel connected and want to see them reach their greatest potential. You know their strengths and they know your strengths. Everyone needs someone, a mate to laugh, dance, and enjoy moments with. It is a free gift and it is genuine. You have a chance to be unique, test what you are made of, and never feel unappreciated. Your friend knows you very well, protects and defends you to the end. Some say that you can count your true friends on one hand. Others say friendships are as plentiful as the sand on the shore. The best part of having a friend is complete acceptance.