20 inspiring ways to show friends you care
Send a thank-you note
When you receive a gift, it’s customary to send a thank-you note. On Friendship Day, or any day, write a note to your friend, thanking her for the gift of friendship and detailing a few of the reasons why you appreciate and admire her. Make it a handwritten note on a nice card or good stationery, rather than a text or email. The extra effort is another way to show you care, and it will be something she can keep and treasure, and reread whenever she needs a lift.
In sickness and in health...
Some marriage vows are also good guidelines for friendship. If your friend is ill or depressed, or even broken-hearted, don’t settle for making a phone call or posting a sympathetic comment on Facebook. Love is a verb, so show up and do whatever you can to help. That may mean making soup or just offering your friend a shoulder to cry on. Either way, she will appreciate you being there for her.
Say hi to friends with an ecard
It may seem like it takes forever to schedule time with friends, but nobody is so busy that they never have any free time. It’s just a matter of finding it. Forget the schedule and try calling last-minute to tell your friend that you miss her and want her to join you for an after-work drink, a mid-day coffee break or a Sunday morning walk.
Say hi to friends with an ecard
Let your friend in
Create a music CD
Is your BFF a music lover? Show your appreciation for her friendship by making a CD of songs that you know she likes. Who says only lovers can have a special song? Include music that evokes your friendship, recalls good times you’ve shared or has true meaning for both of you.
Send a greeting to friends
Offer to babysit
Even the most dedicated parent appreciates an occasional night off to enjoy adult company and activities. For a friend who is a parent, show your appreciation by offering to watch her kids so that she and her partner can spend a carefree evening on the town.
Ask for advice
If you are lucky enough to have a friend who is especially wise, ask her for advice about a challenge you’re facing and thank her for sharing her wisdom. Even if you decide not to follow her advice, she’ll know that you respect her insights and that her opinion and counsel mean a lot to you.
Invite your friend along
Introduce your friend to other people you enjoy and care about—family members, co-workers, other friends—and invite her to join group activities with those people when you have a chance. One of the clearest ways to show you value and appreciate someone is to show them off.
One of the best ways to show your appreciation for friends is by giving them your full attention. No matter what else is going on around you, pay close attention to your friend—her mood, her expression, and the way she carries herself and responds to you. Does she seem especially happy or sad? Check in to see if she would like to talk with you about what’s going on in her life.
Remember the milestones
Is your friend getting a promotion or anticipating a special event? Keep track of what’s going on with him. Inquiring about the things that are happening in his life will let him know he’s important to you.