With busy schedules and commitments getting in the way, making time for loved ones can be challenging. It’s even more complicated if you live far apart and don’t see each other often. However, even with space between you, there are a few ways in which you can show how much you appreciate their support and love.
Take a look at some of the top ways to show you care.
1. Say thank you
A simple thank you can be all that is needed to make someone smile. In haste, we sometimes forget to say these words and also forget how important they can be to someone. A great way to say thank you is by writing a small note of appreciation. Plus, those random thank yous are always the best.
2. Send a gift
Gifts are a great way to show your love for someone special. Gifts don’t have to be grand gestures to make a big impact, either. Examples of suitable gifts for those little moments include flowers, chocolates and hampers. You could also think about personalised gifts for her or him to add a unique touch.
3. Lend an ear
You don’t have to say anything in some cases to show you how much you care. Lending an ear to listen to someone’s troubles is often more than enough to work through solutions. Listening is an act that we do every day, but empathetically listening requires a deeper level of communicating. Take the time to listen to what someone is actually saying, read their body language and watch out for cues to speak. This will help the other person open up and feel comfortable talking about the situation.
4. Be reliable
Most people brush off mishaps such as being late or not showing up at all. However, it can say a lot about you if it happens all the time. Sticking to your word and being reliable are positive traits that make others feel valued.
5. Join them on an activity they enjoy
Sometimes we have to do activities or tasks that we don’t particularly want to. But for the sake of a loved one, joining in with an activity they love can bring you together. Showing interest in their hobbies is a great way to connect with people. Plus, you’re trying a new activity in your routine. Win-win!
6. Make time for a video call
When you haven’t seen someone in a long time, it can be easier to pick up the phone to catch up. However, why not schedule a video call instead? Seeing their face and reactions bring the conversation a little closer to home.
7. Understand love languages
Everyone has a love language, and it applies to both partners and friendships. There are five love languages:
- Quality time
- Physical touch
- Words of affirmation
- Receiving gifts
- Acts of service
By determining which love language applies to the individual, you can show your appreciation with this in mind. Of course, no two people are the same either, so what works for one might not for another.