1. Joy - or the desire for joy
  2. Loyalty - believing the best in each other and standing together through trials and mistakes
  3. Love of family - learning about their families and sharing about mine
  4. Love of God - not required, but I've learned these friendships seem to be the strongest
  5. Non-judgmental
  6. Intelligence - I love learning things from my friends and great conversation
  7. Bonus - love of literature
  8. Not interested in gossip
  9. Authenticity
  10. Willingness to accept my apology when I mess up and not hold a grudge
  11. Passionate about their beliefs even if they don't align with mine
  12. If they are married, I enjoy being with friends committed to their marriages