You have to have been living under a rock for the past week if you haven't heard the words “damn, Daniel.” The video went was posted on February 15 from Twitter user josholzz, and it has been blowing up ever since. There are countless memes about it on Instagram and Twitter, he was just on "Ellen" last week and now there's even Damn Daniel greeting cards stating how he's "back at it again with the white Vans."
For those who don't know, "Damn, Daniel" is a compilation of videos of a guy following his friend, Daniel Lara, around and commending him on his appearance by saying, “damn, Daniel.” For some people, "Damn, Daniel" is just a meme (and probably the biggest meme of 2016 yet), but for others, it's a lifestyle.
The whole situation had me thinking about how friends can be so catty and jealous. I'll be the first to admit that I used to be that way sometimes, especially back when I was in high school. But Daniel's friend Josh is the real MVP.
Instead, we should all try to be like Josh and just say, “damn, Daniel.” Here are three ways you can be a better friend:
1. Compliment your friend's appearance.
Being around someone so good-looking can make you feel insecure sometimes. Maybe your friend gets all the ladies or guys, and you feel invisible. It's not fun being the so-called DUFF of your friend group.
When you're at the club and your friend is the one getting approached and asked out all the time, it's annoying. When your friend gets 200 Facebook profile picture likes while you can barely get to double digit likes on Instagram, it can get to you.
Your first instinct might be to tear your friend down so he or she isn't so gassed up. Instead of being petty Betty about it, why not just hype your girl or guy up? It's much easier, and it will make you feel a lot better about yourself, too.
Solidify the belief that your friend is poppin'. Like and double like his or her photos on social media. Comment that your friend is a 10 out of 10, and you would bang. See, by being a good friend instead of getting jealous, it makes you a poppin' human being in return.
2. Point out exactly what you appreciate about your friend.
Maybe your friend doesn't have the white Vans (or Stussy threads), but it doesn't make your friend any less fly. What about your friend makes him or her cool as f*ck?
Does your friend have great hair? Does she always have her contour on point? Are her eyebrows are on fleek?
Or, is it deeper than that? Your friend could always be there for you, even if you only hit him or her up when you need something. There could be times when your friend spots you when you're $1 short at McDonald's, even though you only ordered one thing off the Dollar Menu.
Make your friend feel special by saying exactly what you like about him or her. That way, your friend knows you're actually grateful for him or her, and you're not just throwing compliments out to get some back.
3. Do it repeatedly.
Daniel Lara's friend never stopped being an amazing friend, even if Daniel sometimes looked embarrassed by the attention. Every day, compliment your friend and tell him or her what you like about that person.
If you like the shoes your friend is wearing one day, and he or she wears those shoes again, remind your friend just how much you like them. Being a great friend will never get old.