You love your friends. They have been with you through your life, in good and bad times. They are the ones that accept your weirdness, accept your authentic self, and even love you for it. You wholeheartedly appreciate them. When you’re with them, you get an overwhelming sense of thankfulness that you have this wonderful human being in your life. Sometimes, however, you get a sense that you wish you could let that person know just how much they truly mean to you.
Offering to buy a cup of coffee, giving a sincere compliment, and praising them to others just doesn’t feel like it’s doing them justice. We’ve felt like the luckiest person on Earth for many years because of the people we’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by.
For this reason, our friends are worthy of more than a simple thank you. Use the following four powerful and simple ways to show your friends you truly appreciate them.
1. Prioritize them.
To show your friends you love them, show them that their well-being is a higher priority to you than other things in your life. For example, a friend in distress who is in the middle of a big life decision calls you, in tears, and asks for your help. She calls, however, right as you are about to leave for dinner. You must ask yourself which one is truly more important. A true friend deserves to have your attention in this scenario. You don’t have to mention you sacrificed a night out to help them. In time, they may come to learn of the sacrifice you made, and it’ll continue to deepen your relationship.
2. Communicate like a real human being.
One of the most concerning sights we’ve seen in the past few years is a group of friends at a restaurant all talking to people who are not at the restaurant on their phones, via text. If you are physically spending time with a friend, the least they deserve is your very existence.
Being lost in your phone or other technologies brings no joy to a meeting, and you might as well not be there at all. When we first noticed this pattern emerging in groups, we should encourage our friends to play a game like: Everyone at the table must put their phones in the middle of the table. The first person to give into the urge to check their phone must then pay the bill for the meal. People never want to spend more than necessary, and this game works like a charm.
3. Believe in your friends and stay by their sides.
We all have one or two friends with massive goals. As a friend, you can be the one who believes in them, even when most others won’t. You can be the one encouraging them to persist in the face of defeat, to reiterate how much of a truly golden heart they have and why they deserve success in whatever venture they may be pursuing.
We would remark upon their talent, ask them how business was going, and give any advice. You never know how much resistance and rejection friends are receiving in their desire to live a meaningful and impactful life, and they often highly regard the opinions of friends. You can be that friend who never gives up on them.
4. Personalize gifts.
We’re sometimes tempted to get the nicest and newest shiny object when gifting to friends. But remember that personalized gifts have always, and will always, be more welcomed than any new object on the marketplace.
Personalizing gifts with emotional messages shows your friend that you remember the unique things about them and that you value and notice their wonderful wackiness. Receiving a gift like this, on every occasion, will open the floodgates of appreciation.
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