15 Ways To Show I Love My Friends
Updated September 04, 2018
Telling your friends you love them may seem intimidating or even silly. But, it is one of the most important things you can do for your friendship. Everyone wants to know they make a difference to someone else. Here are 15 ways to show your friends they matter to you.
There is no better way to tell someone how you feel than in a heartfelt letter. While text or e-mail might be a convenient way to communicate, consider taking the time to mail them a handwritten note. The extra effort will make them feel even more special, especially if it is a surprise.
2. Go On An Adventure
Nothing bonds people closer to one another than when they experience something new together. If you want to tell your friends, you love them, arrange a day trip or group activity. Do not worry about going too far away from home either. There are plenty of opportunities to sightsee or try new things in your local area.
3. Host Dinner
All throughout history people have come together over food. Creating a special meal for your friends is one of the easiest ways to show them you care. Consider a laid-back backyard barbecue, or decorate your house like a fine dining establishment. Keep in mind your friend's personalities when you are putting together the atmosphere and menu.
4. Celebrate Them
Tell your friends how much they mean to youby celebrating their achievements with them. Whether it is a job promotion, a relationship milestone, or just good fortune, let them know you are genuinely happy for them.
Do not be afraid to get creative with your recognition either. There is much more you can do than just praising them in person or over the phone. Send them a radio shout-out, have a cake baked with their face on it, or throw them a surprise party. Go out of your way to put a smile on their face.
5. Encourage Them
Friends who love each other stand by one another in good times and in bad. If someone you care about is going through a difficult period, or just needshelp finding a little extra motivation, be the first one in line to offer encouragement.
Sometimes all it takes is a few heartfelt words to get someone to see the brighter side of things. But if that does not work, show them how much you believe in them. Send them flowers, help them with a task or simplyhug them. When in doubt, ask what you can do to make things easier.
6. Bake Them A Treat
Everyone loves baked goods. Making them for someone else is a small act that speaks volumes about how much you care for them. Try to find your friends favorite recipes and recreate them with a personal touch. Surprise them by dropping them off unexpectedly at their home or workplace, especially if you know they are having a tough day.
7. Give A Gift
Money can not buy love, but everyone appreciates a gift from time to time. Have your friends mentioned tickets for an upcoming concert? Have they been talking about how great it would be to go golfing together? Instead of waiting for someone else to make the first move, surprise them and make it happen.
Keep in mind; not all gifts have to be extravagant. Even small ones like a framed picture of you together, a self-published poem, or a handmade keepsake can send the same message of love. When it comes to gift giving in a friendship, it is truly the thought that counts.
8. Let Them Know They Are On Your Mind
If you love your friends, they are sure to cross your mind throughout your day. Perhaps you hear a joke you think they would like, or come across an inspirational message you think they need to hear. Share these details with your friends. After all, they will not know you are thinking of them unless you make it known. If you make them feel remembered, the friendship will last.
9. Say Thank You
"Thank you" is underrated. Yet, everyone wants to know that they make a difference. Even if all you are telling your friends "thank you" for is simply being around, it will matter just the same. This humble phrase says so much more whether you realize it or not.
There are many ways to tell someone "thank you" beyond just saying the words too. Gift bags, gift cards, and flowers are common ideas. If you want to step outside what is traditional, consider making a handmade card, putting together a witty gift bucket, or using your craft skills. Every token of appreciation matters.
10. Have Fun
There is nothing better than laughter. Share it with your friends often. Watch a funny movie, go to a comedy club, or play games together. The more fun you can have together, the more memories you will create.
11. Invite ThemInto Your Family
The people we love most in our lives tend to be our family members. If you truly love your friends make them a part of your own. Bring them around your home often, celebrate holidays with them, and take time to get to know their spouse, children, and parents.
In your new blended family, create new traditions, find new ways to help one another, and go on vacations or adventures together. "The more the merrier" is true when it comes to family, so open your door to those you love and let your family grow.
12. Help Them
Maybe your friends are working on a backyard project, or need some extra help when it comes to babysitting or cooking. Lend a hand as much as possible, and watch how teamwork gets things done faster.
That being said, you do not have to wait around for your friends to ask you for something. Be creative and think of ways you can make their day-to-day life easier all on your own. Clean off their windshield at the gas station, put in a good word for them at your company if they are job-seeking, or offer to wrap their gifts for the holidays. There are countless ways to take some weight off the people you love that only take a few extra moments of your time.
One of the perks of helping your friends often is they are likely to reciprocate the favor. If you are by their side time and time again, they will do the same for you. The more you show that you support one another's success, the stronger your friendship will be.
13. Prioritize Them
Anytime you put someone first you are showing how much you care for them. If your friends have asked you to go out, do not brush them off. Likewise, if they have neededyour help for some time don't ignore them any longer. If you make your friends feel rejected, in the way, or as a burden, they will remember, even if the friendship is otherwise good.
It is easier to find time to spend with the people you love than it is to replace them when they are gone. If your friendship is failing because a lack of time for one another, talk to a licensed relationship counselor to discover new ways to reignite your companionship.
Going out of your way to revisit old memories will let your friends know that the times you have shared together are important to you. Talking about the past is always fun, but create a scrapbook, photo album, or video montage of your best times togetherto go above and beyond.
Even if your art or technology skills are not the best, do what you can. When in doubt,reach out to someone with more experience than you to put it together. Share your tribute to your past selves over a movie or dinner night in and use this time to let your friends know how much you look forward to making more memories in the future.
15. Say It
Last but not least, the easiest way to show your friends you love them isto say it simply. At your next get together, make a toast and let your true feelings out. Tell them how much they mean to you, what a difference their presence makes in your life, and how you look forward to all the upcoming things you will do together.
If public speaking is not your strength, you can still tell them how you feel. Sit down with your friends one by one, in a quiet setting and speak your truth. For inspiration, look to letters, poems, and songs about friendship. Avoid quoting them word for word though. There is something extra meaningful about hearingheartfelt and original words straight from someone's mouth.
There are endless ways to show your friends you love them. No attempt to share your thoughts and feelings is too small. Be creative with your message and think of ways that will mean something to them. Although it might seem unusual or uncomfortable to share these experiences with someone you are not romantically involved with, it is just as important for the health of your friendship.