It is important to have friends who are a safe haven when life becomes stormy. But truly understanding friendships offer more than just security and comfort: they encourage you to grow and become the person you want to become, or at least explore what you could be. They are what psychology calls a “safe base” for you.
Our interactions with other people can have a strong influence on us, even interactions that seem insignificant at this time. Something as simple as a kind word from a stranger can make you smile and feel a warm feeling; It can even cause a change in your attitude, changing the way you do the rest of your day.