KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | September 2012

Best Friends Around the World

By By Nancy Kyte

One of the greatest pleasures in life is having a best friend. If you’re fortunate, you have several close friends. But nothing is sweeter than having a best friend you enjoy being with.

It is thrilling to be back with your old friends when a new school year begins. There is so much to catch up on! You can see who has grown taller, who has changed their hairstyle, and hear all about everyone’s summer activities.

As you’re reuniting with your old classmates, it is a good idea to be aware that things can be very hard for new students. A new school with people you do not know can be scary and uncomfortable. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Be kind. Break the ice by offering a smile and saying hello.
  • Have a good attitude. If you are having a bad day, don’t take it out on others.
  • If you can stay positive, others will be drawn to you.
  • Introduce yourself. You never know, the person sitting next to you could be your new best friend.
  • Introduce new students to your friends. This will help everyone feel a little better.
  • Remember that friendship consists of talking, plus a lot of listening.
  • You don’t have to be popular to have a best friend. Be yourself and make a point of becoming a trustworthy person. Be thankful for your friends and always be ready to make a new one.