ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Easy Ways to Encourage a Friend

Updated on May 31, 2015

Its amazing how just one action can lift someones spirits.

Have you ever had a time where you were feeling down? Where you are feeling forgotten? Or like the world was blowing you off? Then from out of the blue someone is there for no reason that you can comprehend. And they say or do something that gives you a 180 degree turn around in your spirit. You are now feeling great and ready to take on the world. Well here are 5 things that you can do to reach out to do just that.

Main Image

Friends Defined

Noun: A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive to family relations.

You've got a friend (James Taylor & Carole King)


1) See them in person

Knock on their door. Arrange a time to meet somewhere. Sometimes that one-on-one contact is just what they need to keep going. You may say to yourself that they have a job and are around people all day long. But are any of the people they work with their friends? Or do they just see them on the job?


2) Email Them

In today's age this is a quick and easy way to shoot a note off to a friend. It doesn't have to be long just a word or two. Such as "HI!" or "It's been a while, how have you been?" Even just sending a picture can brighten their day.


3) Letters and Packages

This is not as quick as an email. But it can mean the same or even more. This helps your friend know that you were willing to put more time and even "gasp" money into your effort. For just a stamp to going out and getting them something to brighter their day. Then taking the time to package it and get that package sent out.

Just remember those in the military are always happy to get letters and packages from home.


4) Phone Calls

Ring ring. Ring ring. Being able to hear someone else and their voice can help too. As an example, do you know someone that is not able to get out much do to age or medical issues? Just by calling once in a while they know that they are not forgotten. As a side note you may still wish to visit in person as well.


5) Look and Listen

That's right listen to what they say. And how they say it. I know with my wife I could be sitting right next to her but if I am not looking at her I might not catch what she is saying and how she is saying it.

A lifetime's not too long to live as Friends.

— Friends by Michael W. Smith

Friends - Michael W. Smith

This may seam simple

But have you encourage a friend lately?

See results

Please be a friend... - And leave a comment.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • LauraHofman profile image

      Laura Hofman 

      5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very good advice...especially in these impersonal, instant gratification times. Great reminder for all of us to encourage friends and family members and make someone's day.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      These are important things to remember. Thanks.

    • flicker lm profile image

      flicker lm 

      5 years ago

      Great tips! Well done.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      This was sweet and spot on! Good Job! :D

    • malualhati profile image


      5 years ago

      thanks for sharing----very helpful lens :)

    • spids1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great tips thanks

    • PaigSr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from State of Confussion

      @JoshK47: Thank you. And the person that I wrote this for I was able to share with yesterday.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Great advice! :)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)