10 Simple Ways to Show a Friend You Truly Appreciate Them

November 11, 2023

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Written By - Ravi Shankar (GoodMindKeeping)

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Hi, I'm Ravi. Here are 10 simple ways to show a friend you truly appreciate them:

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1. Write A Note

A note is a small and simple thing that'll take you no more than 5 minutes to do, but it will remind your friend for life that you value and care about them.

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2. Help Them Out

Keep an eye out for the subtle complaints or clues your friend gives off. This will inform you of how you can best help them. 

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3. Show up in Times of Need

Show up when you sense they're having a down day with their favorite takeaway and a feel-good film.

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4. Make Them Their Favorite Meal

You've taken your time to buy the ingredients, cook it, invite them over, and all just to let them know how much they mean to you. 

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5. Create A Photo Album

You could create a timeline of your friendship in photos, and include any mementos you have from events you've been to or activities you've done together.

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6. Take Them on A Friendship Date

Walk arm in arm afterwards and essentially, make them feel your love and appreciation. 

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7. Compliment Them

Some studies show that compliments boost bonds, improve communication, and increase self-esteem and self-confidence. 

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8. Celebrate Their Milestones

You can still celebrate your friend by making them something at home, baking a cake, or just being there to congratulate them.

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9. Surprise Them with Lunch at Work

Consider doing the same for your friend - even better if they like something that you can easily take and eat in public.

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10. Buy Them A Gift

When I helped my in-laws with redecorating, they thanked me by buying me the most gorgeous hand watch. 

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It is important to keep in mind that it is the little things in life that mean the most, so don't feel you have to go overboard to show gratitude. 

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Just be a good friend, show up and don't be afraid to get a little sentimental!