16 Signs You've Found Your BFF(s) Katie Powell

FULL DISCLOSURE. At any major social gathering with my nearest and dearest, there are always two guarantees: I’m going to laugh a lot and at some point I’m going to want us all to go around the room and say what we’re thankful for. Of course everyone is all blah blah blah not again. The only time my friends play along is during our annual Friendsgiving when they’re all too stuffed with turkey and all the fixings, no longer able to fight me and my Hallmark wishes. So yes, I want us to all play this silly game but really, my answer is always the same and it’s nice!

I am the most thankful for all of my beautiful and wonderful friends.

Some of you might be loners by choice – I respect you but I don’t understand you – and others of you may be loners by circumstance – you got out of a relationship and somehow lost some BFFs in the process or maybe you just moved here? (I’ve been there too and believe: you will get through this.) Wherever you may be on the friends spectrum, we all need a refresher course! Here are some surefire ways to know when you’ve found your inner core, your wolf pack, your BFFs.

They are totally fine with your “I prefer to not wear pants 90% of the time” mantra.

They go with you to see that show that you really wanted to go to and even when the show runs 3-4 hours late they stay, and manage to make cake a la mode appear while you wait.

You always owe each other money but realize it will all balance out somehow over the years.

You call each other’s parents by their first names.

They don’t ask about that one guy you were going out with who they’d felt funny about but didn’t want to hurt your heart – when you realized he wasn’t James Franco they listened to all of your analytical rants without question.

You have each other’s romantic histories memorized and know which ones are all clear to joke about.

They switch places with you before pictures because yes, you have a good side.

You go with them to that Nicholas Sparks movie because they wanted you to and when you cried they did not dare laugh.

You can take them anywhere and they will be both fun and engaging, usually leaving with great stories and a handful of new friends. 

Your text message strand, full of one-liners and emojis, would make zero sense to the rest of the free world.

They know your fake that wasnt really funny but I dont want to offend you or make this weird laugh and will call you out if ever used on them.

They know all of your guilty pleasures and still love you, i.e. Taylor Swift, watching The Voice, cheesy80s cover bands who wear sailor hats.

They love you when youre not such a fun human to be around and despite whatever mood  youre in or topic youre stressing about to the highest level of annoyance, theyre still sitting across from you at brunch.

They know your closet backwards and forwards and sure, borrow anything you like!

You never run out of topics to discuss or laugh about.

They will never like your crazy ex. Ever.

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  1. First: I love going around the room, having each person express their thanks. That is awesome, and I’m always reluctant when it comes up, but feel great after hearing everyone’s stories!
    Second: I enjoy Hellogiggles, but this article disappointed me. It left me with a feeling of being excluded from the girls’ club because I haven’t shared those experiences. My friends and I have our own preferences, and that doesn’t make our friendships any less meaningful. This description of friendship seems canned and rings a little insincere.

    • Thanks for reading! This was meant to be fun and lighthearted, and my hope was to spur everyone to make their own list of what makes their friends so fantastic!

      • I thought it was spot on for that Katie! Thanks for this fun list (I can definitely relate to several with my closest friends!), it’s always wonderful to take a look at friendships and remember how important it is to appreciate the people in our lives. Especially if they are great at dealing with the bits of crazy in each of us.

  2. such a fun article. And me and my group of friends can totally relate.

  3. Aww I don’t think I’ve ever felt any of these things! BFF, where are youuuuu! :’(

  4. This is incredibly asinine. We all live in a Sex and the City episode now, do we? Hellogiggles has turned into such rubbish lately.

    • I agree. Maybe it’s just a personal reflection in the format of advice or something, but when I read it it seemed to only apply to one tiny sliver of humanity. I know that I a best friend, even if not all of these apply to me.
      Its important to keep in mind that not everyone has a smartphone, reads fad novels and walks around without pants on. Some cultures would consider a casual address to an elder to be far from friendly.
      I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt and assume good intent, but I too would love to see more open minded, insightful articles.

  5. Hahah about to post this on my bff’s wall. She’s the most amazing person I want to grow old with, and our kids are getting married and we are going to be family at least!

  6. love this!!! amen lol hope to meet that one bestestestest friend in the whole world someday

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