Being friends through thick and thin is no small feat. Make your friendships deeper and stronger with this list of friendship tips—or “friendship rules”—for teens.

01. Be Yourself
It may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of teens struggle not to lose their identity once they become part of a group of friends. Though who you are is always changing, especially during your teenage years, some aspects of your personality will stay pretty much the same. Figure out what those things are and think hard about who you want to be, then present yourself honestly and genuinely to the people you hang around with.

Sometimes you’re going to disagree or not be the most popular member of the group. However, you will always feel you’ve been true to yourself and that you haven’t become somebody else’s clone.

02. Avoid Gossip
Friends don’t spread rumors about other friends—even within their own group.

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