We are all guilty of it, we neglect our friends and get caught up in our own BS and forget what and who is really important to us. But we need to remember that friendship needs work from both sides for it to grow. Yep, we are aware of how cringe that sentence is, but it's true. As important as it is to have great friends, it's always really important to be a great friend too.
So in case you need a gentle reminder of how to show your love and appreciation, we've put together 10 ways to show how much you care. Go on, you know she deserves it.
1. Tell them you care
We all assume our friends know how we feel about them, but do they? So instead of only telling them when you are off your face at 3 o'clock in the morning. Why not randomly text your friend and tell them how much you love and care about them. Trust us, a little 'I love you and I appreciate you' text goes a long way.
Often we think we are listening but really, we're just waiting for our turn to talk. You know it's true! Next time your friend wants to have a chat actually listen to her. It's harder than you think.
3. Just be there
Yes it sounds pretty basic, but it's so freaking important. Just be there for your gal pal, even when it's late at night, and it's the fourth time she's broken up with the same guy that continues to be a PRICK! You still need to be there to pick up the pieces as much as you were the first time round.
4. Buy her a gift
Birthday or not get her a gift. It doesn't need to be anything expensive, everyone loves presents no matter how big or small. Encourage her to take some time out for some TLC and an all important pampering sesh. And the best friend award goes to...
5. Celebrate their accomplishments
If they start a new job, send flowers to their work, get them a card and tell them how much she's slaying at life. Do something that goes beyond just saying congrats!
6. Plan a “date night”
Yes we get it, you're busy, but everyone is busy. Go out of your way to plan some quality girl's time, even if it is just watching movies with a bottle of wine.
7. Make time for what's important to them
Even if you're not into it, make time for what matters to your friend. If they have a new boyfriend, make an effort to get to know him, if she's having a hard time at work help her take her mind off it. True friends don't care if you're not on top form, they won't love you any less.
8. Show them some social media love
Dedicate a status to them, like selfies on Instagram, in fact like everything your friend posts on Instagram.
9. Hate who they hate
Yes it's childish and petty, but whatever! Mutual hatred is a way to show a friend you care. If your friend hates her ex boyfriend, you should hate him too. If she doesn't like a girl, then you have no reason to talk to her. It's basic girl code.
10. Remember the small things
Take in everything she says, if she mentioned she's got a cold, get her some medicine. If she said she's not spending money on beauty essentials this month, why not get it for her. If anything it will keep her from pinching your stuff. Win win.
And just incase you are lost for words, here are some friendship quotes to help you say you care.
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