Thursday July 30 is International Day of Friendship! Is there anything better than having a good friend to confide in and play games with?

What does friendship actually mean, and why is it so important?

C.S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia) once said that friendship “is born at the moment when one [person] says to another ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .’” In other words, it is about finding someone who makes you feel less alone. It is about finding things that you have in common. This might be things you both enjoy doing, or it might be feelings that you have both had.

The best friendships are based on honesty, loyalty, kindness and respect. They involve trusting each other and offering support when times are tough. Most of all, they should make us feel happy.

Friendships like that have been found to be good for our health. This is because we have someone to talk to about our problems, rather than bottling them all up. A friend will listen to our feelings, give us advice and offer sympathy. They may share their own experiences so that we feel better. A true friend will forgive us for the mistakes we make.

What do you think makes a good friend?

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Watch this sweet video about Koko the gorilla, an amazing ape who learned sign language and made friends with lots of celebrities. What makes someone a friend? Is it about finding ways to talk to each other? Can animals be our friends?


  1. Books, films and TV shows are filled with inspiring friendships. Discuss your favourite fictional friends with the person next to you.
  2. As a class, take it in turns to complete the sentence: “A friend is…” Write the answers on a whiteboard or piece of paper. Are there any common themes?