A kind gesture can go a long way, so here are four simple ways you can make a loved one feel appreciated
CREDIT: This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared on Happiful
Cooking on gas
Whether it’s an old family recipe, or experimenting with something new, mixing it up in the kitchen can be a wonderful way to show someone you’re thinking about them. Why not surprise a friend or family member by leaving a delicious, pre-made dish on their doorstep, or drop off ingredients for their favourite meal and do a virtual cook-along? Sounds like the recipe for success!
Do your homework
We all have our own personal pursuits, but how much do you really know about your loved ones’ favourite things? Getting out of your comfort zone, and learning about what makes your friends, family members or partner tick, can provide a great way to connect – and show them how much they mean to you.
Lend a helping hand
Have you ever had that one task on your to-do list that just never gets ticked off? Don’t worry, we’re all guilty of putting things off from time-to-time, whether it’s just a tedious job, or something that induces anxiety. But think how much you’d appreciate it if someone helped you tackle those dreaded chores? Listen out for when someone in your household reveals a task they’ve been avoiding, and offer to help out.
Call me, maybe
Nowadays, we might be more familiar with using our mobiles to online shop, read articles, or scroll through social media – but, funnily enough, they do have a few other useful features, too! A simple, but meaningful, way to remind someone that they are in your thoughts is to give them a call.
Receiving an unexpected call or message from a friend can be a really wonderful way to start or finish a day. You don’t need a rigid purpose for a chat, simply hearing your voice could help to reduce any stress or anxiety they’re feeling.