There are many different ways of showing how much you care about someone. Saying how much you care is one thing, but words can also be empty. Backing up your words with actions, however, shows that you are willing to put your money, time, and resources where your mouth is.
Showing you care, however, doesn’t necessarily mean buying gifts. Here are some quick and easy ways to show anyone you care about them. They apply to showing your feelings to your friends, co-workers, spouse, and children.
Spend time with them. For some, especially the elderly, just sitting and talking is a great gift. Giving up a few hours of your time, especially in today’s busy world, is often all it takes to show someone you care.
Help them when asked and even when you aren’t asked. If you know someone is struggling with something, lend a hand. This can mean taking on a little extra work so a co-worker can handle a major project, or it can mean helping your sister move her heavy furniture into an apartment on the third floor. Whatever it is, if you know someone is going to need help, step up and offer it before you’re asked. They will greatly appreciate it and be touched by your gesture.
Support someone in their time of grief. Losing a loved one, especially a spouse or parent, can be devastating. If you know someone going through any type of loss (not necessarily the loss of a person, even), help give them the time they need to deal with this loss. This can mean doing things like mowing their yard or cooking them dinner, or it might mean babysitting or even just listening to them talk about their loss.
Be there during the good times as well as the bad. This is the best way of showing someone you care about them. Certainly help them when they need it, but also be there to have fun with them. For many people, just having someone around to laugh with is a true gift.