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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.

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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?

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      Laura Hofman 4 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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are important things to remember. Thanks.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Great tips! Well done.

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      Anna2of5 5 years ago

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

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      malualhati 5 years ago

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

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Great tips thanks

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

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

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Great advice! :)