ON BEING A SUPPORTIVE FRIENDJune 3, 2016
When life gets busy, it can be easy to let important occasions slip by without recognition. There are plenty of ways that you can let family and friends know that you remember them as they reach milestones in their lives. Your loved ones will appreciate your thoughtful effort to recognize their special moment.
Planning a party can be a fun way to acknowledge a special occasion. If a friend is having a baby or getting married, then you may want to host a gathering of mutual friends to join the celebration. Having multiple hosts for the event can help you reduce the costs for each host. You may want to consider having a small party at a restaurant. The hosts can split the cost of the honored guest’s bill, and each attendee can bring a gift. Meeting at a restaurant can be an easy way to host a party because there is no need to clean up after the occasion ends.
Thoughtful gifts can mean a lot to a friend or family member. Whether a loved one is celebrating a special occasion or going through a difficult time, you can offer encouragement with a special gift. Your gift does not have to be extravagant to be meaningful. You may want to choose a gift that will have a sentimental value to the recipient. Some gifts, such as gold plated ornaments, are special because they commemorate a specific occasion. Gifts that can bring back memories of a happy occasion can be cherished for years to come.
Along with helping friends celebrate their happy occasions, you can also offer encouragement during difficult times. If a friend is struggling with a crisis, then you may want to consider sending a thoughtful card. You can offer to take your friend out to lunch or to see a movie. Sometimes a bit of encouragement can make a dramatic difference.
Offering encouragement and celebrating joyful occasions are great ways to be a supportive friend. The people in your life will be grateful for your thoughtfulness.
Posted by verna luga
She earned her Masters in Applied Social Research at Ateneo de Davao University. She's a hard-core pluralist, an eternal optimist, a 40ish realist and a frustrated florist. She’s a mother, a teacher, a dreamer and who knows one day a potter.
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