Great friends are a wonderful thing to have. So, with International Friendship Day (30 July) upon us, why not show them how much you appreciate them?
Here are a few ways that you can show appreciation to your friends, no matter your budget.
Write a letter or note
There’s something about a letter, particularly a handwritten one, that can convey a powerful message. Take the time to write a letter to a friend, explaining what you value most about your friendship. Or pick up a cute postcard or gift card next time you spot one that symbolises something you value about your relationship. Receiving this unexpected mail might make your friend’s day.
If it’s someone in your household, you could drop a note on their desk or leave one on their pillow from time to time. As this article explains, a powerful note only needs to be a few sentences to really make an impact.
Give a gift
Gifts don’t have to be expensive. You might spot something small in a shop that reminds you of your friend or frame a photo of an important or memorable time you spent together. A gift you’ve made yourself can be really heartfelt. This article from Your Home and Garden offers some suggestions for budget-friendly homemade gifts.
Have deep conversations
It’s easy to get stuck in small talk, but taking a conversation to the next level can be very rewarding for both parties. Ask your friends how they are and really listen to the answer. Sometimes engaging in deep conversation about personal topics, like money issues or financial goals, can make people feel heard and appreciated. This article makes the case for making eye contact to make others really feel seen.
You know all the things you think are great about your friends, but do they? Make a habit of saying out loud the things you think. Don’t let the opportunity pass to share a genuine compliment. This article suggests following It up with a short, sweet explanation. This adds to the truth of the compliment.
Does your friend need help with something that you’re skilled at? Whether it’s practical things like helping with a DIY project at home or getting some housework done together when someone is short of time, the act of helping a friend can show real appreciation. Or maybe it’s just an opportunity to share knowledge. Perhaps they’re wondering about insurance and you can talk about your own experiences in finding cover and what might be useful in their lives.
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