Why You Need
A Best Friend

Sure, having a guy is great, but boys aren't everything (even if they're cute and make you breakfast in bed). Maintaining ties with your BFF makes life fun -- and she offers things your guy just can't. Here are just some of the ways a best girlfriend makes life better.

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6She keeps you feeling connected.

Whether your closest friends live down the street or across the country, just knowing they're there can make you feel better. Skype, text messaging, email and Facebook make it so much easier to stay in touch even when your BFF lives too far away to hug.

7She offers unconditional support.

No one is perfect, and sometimes we do things we regret. A BFF loves you despite your mistakes, bad hair days and horrible moods. She's there for you -- no matter what.

8She'll give an honest opinion.

Whether she tells you the dress you have in your hands should never be worn in public or advises you against climbing on the bar to give the rest of the patrons a show, your BFF is straight up with you. She wants you to be happy and make the best decisions you can, and she'll be there to tell you when you're about to make a bad move.

9She boosts your self esteem.

Feeling down? Your BFF will remind you it's going to be okay. Feeling fat? She'll tell you as many times as you need to hear it that you look amazing. There's really nothing like talking to your BFF to pull you out of a rut and perk up your self esteem.

10She spurs personal growth.

Getting into a routine can be easy, but good friends can inspire you to try new things. Whether it's a new food, sport or activity, she can help you have more fun, meet new people and learn new things.

More on the importance of friendships:

5 Steps to a healthy social lifeHow to let go of friendships that hurt your healthHow to be a great friend

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