Sometimes it can be difficult to always know how to support your friends. And of course, there is no one way that will work for everyone. The support you should show to your friends will vary widely on their personality and their unique situation. Below are some of the most common ways you can show support to your loved ones.
Make Time for Them
As humans grow and change, they tend to have less and less time for their friends. This is why, when you make time for your friends, it shows that you truly do love and support them. This doesn’t mean you have to clear your calendar, but maybe you invite friends along to certain activities or cancel that one thing you don’t need to do so you and a friend can grab a quick coffee after work.
You’ve heard it time and time again, but listening is truly the best way to support anyone who may be in your life. Humans need to let go of their emotions through communication. And sometimes, just listening is enough to make the person who is venting feel supported in their endeavors.
Encourage Them and Celebrate Their Achievements
Whatever your friend may be pursuing, if they confide in you that they need your help, now is the time for you to give them encouragement and support!
Maybe they are tired and don’t want to go to the gym. You could offer to go with them or help remind them of a goal they made. When they complete the task they felt they couldn’t do, you should be celebrating this achievement with them.
You may be surprised at how far a simple “good job” can go! And if they conquer a big goal, you might offer to celebrate their “win” with them! After all, a true friend is ecstatic when their friends achieve big steps in life!
Sometimes it may be difficult to know how to support your friends. Don’t fret, as long as you make time for them, you listen to them, and support them to stay on their chosen path, this will appreciate you for it. And if they accomplish something big, you should be just as happy for them as you would be for yourself, as this will truly show your support for their endeavors in life.
Besides feeling great about helping your friend, an added benefit is that they will do the same for you.