Ever hear the old saying, “Actions speak louder than words”?
Of course you have. We all have. And there’s a reason the idiom has stuck around and found its way into all the nooks and crannies of our diverse population.
It’s because it rings true. Always has, and always will.
Sure, saying nice things and making commitments sounds great. But no one likes unfulfilled promises or people going back on their word. Following through and investing effort is what really counts.
If you find that the people in your life belong on the list of what matters most to you, then I challenge you to go beyond just telling them that you care about them. Show them!
Engaging in two-sided conversations is so important. While it’s perfectly okay for you to contribute your two cents and share about yourself, make sure to keep an interest in the other person. This will make them feel like they matter to you.
You can do this by inquiring about their life. What’s new with them? How are they doing? Or, when they ask you a question, ask them the same one back once you’ve answered. Listen to what they have to say, respond thoughtfully, and most importantly, remember. That way, the next time you speak with them, you can check in on any previous happenings they told you about.
Become active in the lives of the people you care about! Random acts of kindness will never get old or go unappreciated. Any little way you can show someone that you’re thinking of them will go a long way. It can be something as small as sending a good luck text before a big interview all the way to delivering a care package after an operation.
The big thing to remember here is to reach out. This will show initiative and tell the other person that you know and genuinely care about what’s going on in their life. What better feeling than that?
Show up – live and in person. Calling, texting, and interacting on social media can only go so far. If your loved one lives some distance away, then yes, these types of communication may just have to do. But if you’re able to see them in person, then there should be nothing holding you back.
Donating your time to someone else is one of the best gifts you can give. Whether it be a holiday party or his or her child’s sports game, when your friend has an event coming up that you’re invited to, go. It’s as simple as that.
Go the extra mile and make specific plans with them, too. Choose something you both have interest in, set a date and time, and follow through. This is sure to make them feel special!
Support, Support, Support
You can show you support your loved one in so many ways. For one, always be their cheerleader. Encourage their goals, believe in their dreams, don’t ever let them give up on what matters most to them.
When they’ve hit a rough patch or need a shoulder to cry on, be there for them to talk to. Let them know that they can come to you for anything, and you will always be non-judgmental and trustworthy.
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