Friends are the best! They know how to bring a smile to your face, they always give a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on, and they don’t judge you for your bad hair day(s)! Studies have also shown that having friends can even improve your health. That’s right—having friendships has been linked to reduced stress, increased happiness, faster recovery times, and better sleep, to name a few benefits! Friends are so important, so let’s show them how thankful we are for them! Here’s how to make showing gratitude for your friends easy:

Write Down Your Thoughts

Life can become pretty hectic at times. When it does, it’s easy to simply forget to tell our friends how essential they are to our well-being. Send your besties a message to let them know you think they’re awesome! It doesn’t need to be a grand gesture; a simple call, text, social media message, or card can mean a lot! It also doesn’t need to be a sentimental confession; humor can be a powerful means of showing gratitude for your friends. At a loss for words? Here are some great examples of friendship letters to get you thinking!

Send a Gift

When words just don’t seem like enough, maybe a special gift for your friends will be just the thing to display your gratitude. For gift inspiration, dig way back into your history. Is there an inside joke that could be memorialized on a necklace or keychain? Is there a funny mug or t-shirt that spells out your friendship? Or maybe you could get them that necessary household good they’ve been needing, but in a color that screams their personality. No matter what you give, if you tie it into your history of friendship, it’s sure to mean a lot. Here are a few more gift ideas to aid in showing gratitude for your friends.

Improve Your Friendship Skills

One of the best ways to show gratitude for your friends is to be an even better friend to them! So do your best to improve your friendship skills! There are plenty of aspects of this, and each friend may require something customized to his or her personality. Two things that will definitely matter to every friend are (1) how well you listen and (2) how well you remember.

Regardless of what your friends are going through, they’ll need support and someone to lean on. Sometimes, they just need to vent and you to listen. You don’t have to have all the answers. Just listen, ask questions, and resist the urge to give them your advice (unless it’s sought after). Be there for them, withhold judgment, and act as a safe space for them.

The second part of this is to remember. Now that your friend has opened up to you, be sure to remember the conversation and follow up. Simple questions like, “How have things been going since the last time we spoke?” or “What ended up happening with [X, Y, or Z]?” can mean a lot to someone. It shows that you were listening, that you care, and that you’ve been thinking of your friend.

It’s clear that our friends mean a lot to us, and now it’s time to show them! Try sending your friends a message, give them a meaningful gift, or work to improve your friendship skills. Tag The 5800 Apartment Homes on Facebook, and let’s continue the discussion of showing gratitude for your friends! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!