In this world of facebook statuses, likes, posts, twitter, and texts we are able to keep in touch with more people than ever. We literally have friends at our fingertips. Technology has brought a lot of good our way, but it has also made us lazy. Lazy with a lot of things, but for this topic today, it has made us lazy in our friendships.
Here are some tips on how to nurture your friendships or be an encouragement to someone. The inspiration for these tips come from a birthday package I received from my best friend, Casey – someone who is excellent at letting people know how much they are loved.
1. Remember someone’s birthday without the help of a facebook reminder. Write it on your calendar.
2. Do something more than write on their facebook wall! A handwritten note these days is gold. Thanking the person for what they’ve meant to you in your life or even sharing a special memory can mean so much.
3. Mail a card. (Yes, using envelopes and stamps . . . 🙂 ) It’s rare to get mail from an actual person so this extra effort can go a long way in making a person feel loved.
4. Give a fun gift just to let the other person know you were thinking of them. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
I know there are plenty more tips out there – these are just a few that really meant something to me through this package. What are some of your tips?
*Disclaimer- this is in no way a reprimand for my sweet friends who sent me special birthday texts and Facebook posts for my birthday. You’ll probably get the same from me for your birthday 🙂 This package just reminded me how the unexpected occasional, extra step can mean a lot. No ulterior motives here.