The following nine types of friends are to varying degrees useful, pleasurable, and virtuous. If you are lucky enough to have someone in each category (or even just one friend who encompasses all nine types), then consider yourself blessed.
1. The smarter friend.
Consider it a passive form of education. Be it cryptic crosswords, social graces, sales-talk or discovering a new genre of music — having friends “in the know” is the easiest way to keep your life intellectually stimulating, challenging, and engaging. All you have to do is shut up and listen.
2. The active listener.
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