A person needs same sex close good friends or just a friend, for both happiness and health. There are differences between friends and acquaintances. A friend is a person with whom someone shares extremely strong interpersonal ties. Whereas an acquaintance, the sharing of emotional ties isn't present. An example would be a colleague with whom you enjoy eating dinner, but would not look to for emotional support. Friends do things for each other without expectation of repayment. Friends encourage their friends to lead more healthy lifestyles; Friends encourage their ally to seek help and access services, when needed; A friend enhances their friend’s coping skills in dealing with illness and other health problems; and Good friends actually affect physiological pathways that are protective of health. There are some connotation differences between certain types or circumstances between friends, such as;
Buddy: In the USA, guys often refer to each other as 'buddies', for example, introducing a male friend as their 'buddy', or a circle of male friends as 'buddies'.
Soul mate: the name given to someone who is considered the ultimate, true, and eternal half of the other's soul, in which the two are now and forever meant to be together.
Pen pal: people who have a relationship via postal correspondence. They may or may not have met each other in person and share friendship, between each other.
Internet friendship: a form of friendship, not romance, which takes place over the Internet.
Comrade: means "ally", "friend", or in a military sense. This is the feeling of affinity that draws people together in time of war or when people have a mutual enemy or even a common goal.
Many friendships are not enduring, not necessarily for selfish reasons, but because of misunderstandings. A parting of the ways is usually painful for both who feel that they have been harmed or injured by the other. Both loose because of the split. A good way to maintain a friendship is to have a policy once the pair decide that they really like each other.
DECLARATION FOR A LASTING FRIENDSHIP
TO BE DISCUSSED AT A CONVIENIENT TIME BEFORE AN ARGUMENT HAPPENS
(Or if you are in a middle of one wait until you both cool down)
1. We will never fight in Public.
2. We will never touch or talk to each other in a harmful or abusive way.
3. We will never bring up unrelated items from the past.
4. We will never indicate that we will no longer be friends.
5. We will call a “time out” if conflict elevates to a damaging level.
6. We will work out our problem-Failure is not an option!