Be sure to appreciate friends at this time of year.
As the holiday season gears up, the whirlwind of activities and obligations can often leave us feeling drained. Amid the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to focus on family, but it’s important to cherish our friendships during this special time too.
Studio 5 Contributor Kelly Jensen shares how to show appreciation and love to our friends when our tanks are running low.
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How to Appreciate Friends, Even When Life is Busy
Quick and Thoughtful Messages: This is the simplest yet profoundly impactful way to uplift our friends—by word. A quick text, a voice message, or even a Marco Polo can go a long way. The key is to be specific and intentional. Remind your friend that you’re thinking of them, acknowledge their efforts, and express your appreciation. It’s these small gestures that make them feel seen and valued during the chaotic holiday season.
Acts of Service and Kindness: For those with a bit more energy, Kelly suggests the next level—by deed. Acts of service and kindness can be as simple as dropping off a fresh loaf of bread or going the extra mile by picking up a friend’s child for lunch. Kelly shares a touching personal experience of feeling deeply appreciated when a friend entrusted her with such a responsibility. It’s a beautiful reminder that these gestures of reliability and support contribute to the foundation of true friendship.
Friendsgiving and Favorite Things Parties: Kelly introduces the idea of hosting a Friendsgiving—a time to come together, share a meal, and express gratitude for each other’s presence. Whether it’s a simple gathering or an elaborate affair, the purpose is to celebrate friendship intentionally.
Additionally, Kelly shares the concept of a Favorite Things Party. This unique celebration involves friends bringing a few of their favorite things, drawing numbers, and exchanging gifts. It’s a delightful way to spread joy, show appreciation, and make everyone feel special, even on a budget.
By word, deed, and celebration, we can ensure that our friendships are not overlooked during this festive season. It’s a beautiful reminder that expressing gratitude and love to our friends is a gift that keeps on giving, making the holidays brighter and more meaningful for everyone involved.