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4 Easy Ways to Show Your Friends Appreciation

Friends are a crucial support system throughout adolescence, so here's your friendly reminder to stop and appreciate yours with these four simple gestures!

In today’s fast-paced world, taking our time and friendships for granted is easy. But good friends can make a significant impact on your personal and academic life. Friends are the pillars that support you through thick and thin in high school and college, offering understanding and companionship when you need it most. Expressing gratitude is essential for nurturing these valuable connections and creating lasting friendships. Here are four heartwarming ways to show appreciation to your friends all year.

1. Write them a letter by hand

In our digital age, the art of handwritten letters takes a back seat to the instant gratification of texts and emails. Return to the old-fashioned charm of physical mail by writing a heartfelt note, a friendly thank-you card, or a quick postcard to a friend. Whether you hand it to them or send it through the mail, receiving a physical note shows you care enough to take the time and carries a personal touch that a text can’t replace. Share a memory, express gratitude, or simply let them know you’re thinking of them. This tangible gesture will surprise your friends and serve as a lasting reminder of your appreciation.

2. Plan thoughtful surprises

A surprise has a magical way of making someone feel special. Organize a surprise party, movie night, or weekend getaway. It doesn’t have to be expensive—you may be able to schedule an outdoor adventure or an awesome night in for free. Tailor your surprise to your friend’s interests to show you’ve invested time and effort into creating an experience that brings joy and strengthens your bond. Thoughtful surprises don’t have to be extravagant; the effort and consideration behind them genuinely count!

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3. Be an active supporter

Sometimes the most profound way to show appreciation is by listening attentively and providing emotional support. Actively engage in conversations, demonstrate empathy, and offer a caring shoulder when they need it most. It’s not just about hearing the words; it's about understanding the emotions behind them. Being there for each other during triumphs and challenges reinforces the depth of your friendships. Let your friends know you genuinely care, and they are likely to return the favor.

4. Celebrate milestones and achievements

Acknowledge your friends' achievements—no matter how big or small! This is a powerful way to express appreciation. Whether they receive an acceptance letter to the college of their choice, land a new job, or pass a test in a tough class, be sure to celebrate their successes with enthusiasm. Throw them a party, give them a cupcake with a candle, or create a personalized gift for them to commemorate their achievement. By participating in their joy, you demonstrate that their successes are important to you, which reinforces the supportive foundation of your friendship and empowers them to strive for bigger and better.

Related: How to Be Supportive This College Decision Season

When it comes to maintaining and cherishing friendships, the thought truly counts. In our fast-paced lives, time and attention are a precious commodity. Spend quality time with your friends—free from distractions—and have meaningful conversations that will create lasting memories. Show your friends they are a priority in your life by dedicating time exclusively to them.

Your friends aren’t the only ones who deserve appreciation—you do too! Show yourself some love with these 10 Cheap Ways to Spoil Yourself on a Student Budget.

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Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.


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