Ten Commandments of Friendship


We all want friendships that will last for eternity, don’t we? Follow these pointers and you’ll be blessed times over…

1. Speak to people — there is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

2. Smile at people – it takes seventy-two muscles to frown and only fourteen to smile!

3. Call anyone by their name – the sweetest music to anyone’s ear is the sound of their own name.

4. Be friendly and helpful – if you would have friends, be friendly.

5. Be cordial – speak and act as if everything you do is a real pleasure.

6. Be genuinely interested in people – you can like everyone if you try.

7. Be generous with praise – cautious with criticism.

8. Be considerate of the feelings of others – it will be appreciated.

9. Be thoughtful of the options of others.

10. Be alert to give service – what counts most in life is what we do for others!

Taken from The Speaker’s Quote Book – Roy B. Zuck

4 thoughts on “Ten Commandments of Friendship

  1. I find that when I use people’s names in conversation, I notice a difference in their demeanor. I especially notice this at work.

    Instead of saying, “Hi, how are you?” I’ll say, “Hi Jane, how are you?” And then, at the end of the conversation, “It was nice seeing you, Jane.” This seems to make a huge difference in the interaction at the time, and in the future when I see that person again. I get a very warm reception when I see them the next time!

    Great post!

  2. I never thought about a person’s name having such an effect on the demeanor of the conversation. Yet it does make sense. What a nice thing to keep in mind!

  3. Beautiful reflection and great commandments. It takes so little to be courteous irrespective of one’s mood.

    Peace & blessings to you:)

    Marie PS: I added your blog to our blog roll. Hope you dont mind:). God bless.

  4. Juliana, thank you for sharing that little thought. It is so true what a difference it makes when one uses the persons’ name. It adds a lovely personal touch!


    Rachel, Yes it’s a nice thought, isn’t it?


    Greetings Marie,
    It truly doesn’t take much to share a little kindness to others. A little kind word here and there, a loving touch to comfort a weary soul…

    It’s the simple things in life! 🙂 Thank you for adding me to your blogroll, also!

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