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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

International Friendship Day 2014, July 30

United Nations Secretary-General’s Message for the International Friendship Day 2014.

This year’s International Day of Friendship comes at a time of widespread war, violence and mistrust in many parts of the world. People who have previously lived in harmony find themselves in conflict with their neighbours; people who have no choice but to live together find themselves ever farther apart.
Whatever the cause, and however powerful the forces that drive animosity and armed violence, the human spirit is potentially much stronger. It is our solemn duty to see that it prevails.
In these difficult and unpredictable times, it is vital that we reach out to one another in order to prevent conflict and build the long-term foundations of lasting peace.
On this International Day of Friendship, let us remember the ties that bind us together, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or borders. Let us cultivate solidarity as a single human family on our one and only planet. Let us pursue true and lasting friendship.

Ban Ki-moon


 GENEROSITY: A good friend is openly generous in personality and character. They will be generous with both their time and their money, and they won't hesitate to help you when needed.
 HONESTY : Honesty may be the most important quality for Friendship as it is difficult to befriend anyone who tells you lies and can't be trusted. If you can trust someone to do the right thing in all situations and they are not tempted by temporary gain, it's a goof bet they will make a lasting friend.
 HUMOR : Life is better when approached with a good Sense of humor and people that are happy and outgoing are a lot more fun to be around than someone who is depressed, moody and sees the empty half of the glass all the time.
 INTELLIGENCE : Being a good friend involves being aware of your needs and recognizing your values, and when a person is ignorant and uncaring, it is hard to consider them as a friend.
 LISTENING : If someone just doesn't " hear " what you are saying when you confide in them, they won't make a very goof friend. Communication is a two-way street and being a good listener is one half of the equation.
 LOYALTY: Loyalty is a quality that everyone looks for in a friend. A loyal friend will stick with you no matter what the situation is and you can always count on them being on your side.
 SENSITIVITY : Sensitive people make Good Friends because they often see life on their own terms which allows them to understand the thoughts and Feeling of others.

 SUPPORTIVE : Good Friends will be supportive of you and your goals, and they will act accordingly. A true friend will help you become the person you want to be and know how to help you handle problems.

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