You know, I got myself thinking – if there weren’t friends and family members who love and care for us, the world would be a sad place to be in. (ugh! a scary thought!)
So this post is my tribute to those wonderful people we all have in our lives, to the special bond we share, and to the time we spend together in this world.
It’s a part of the little things to do series.
However, this time I’m making a different to-do list.
Yeah, I could do (the average) “have a barbecue, go to a restaurant, ride a bike” kind of thing.
But you can find those ideas anywhere else online, so it would just be a repetition of common knowledge.
(nothing wrong with those ideas, just to say, but I guess they would be meaningless to you)
Instead, I’m focusing on the things that you can do to create an even stronger bond between you and the ones you care about, as friendships and good family relationships are just like plants.
They need to be taken good care of in order to flourish.
Now, let’s not waste any more time.
Here they are!
Talk with them in person
We all need to interact with people, to share both the good and the bad things that happened in our lives.
And the best way to communicate with the ones we care about is to talk in person.
No messages, no emails, or similar things, just good ol’ face to face talk!
But sometimes (or even more often), living in a modern world doesn’t allow it.
Face-to-face conversations can be harder to achieve, whether you’re living a long distance from one another, or just can’t manage to find the time that works for the both of you.
However, there is always a phone, and maybe even better, a video call so you could still get to talk and see each other at the same time.
Organize a mini boot camp
Have fun together and nail down some goals you have in mind.
There is surely at least one thing you all would like to be better at or get done.
(have a look at the list of 100 goals to get the ideas)
Organize a mini boot camp and work through the things you want to accomplish together.
As a bonus, accountability is guaranteed! 😉
Surprise them (positively, of course!)
Remember what your friends and family members said in the past about what they would like.
A small surprise gift will surely bring a smile to their face.
However, you shouldn’t count only on the material stuff in here.
Things get lost, or lose value, or can be broken…
Sometimes the things that are free are the ones that remain the closest to our hearts and eventually become an eternal dear memory.
Surprise them by doing some chore for them, taking them out to some fun, memorable place, stop by at their office after the working hours for a quick in-person chat, or do whatever else you feel inspired to.
Make a tradition to have your special day on a monthly basis
Agree to have your special day on a monthly basis where you’ll enjoy the activities you both like while also sharing a pleasant time together.
If it’s a girl’s get-together maybe go to a beauty salon, catch up on personal (or professional, whichever you like!) stories, and be pampered at the same time.
A trip to the shopping mall and taking a break at the local cafe could also work wonders.
Or if you’re a little bit different kind of gal (like me), anything including nature will be a great hit!
Or, if it’s a boy’s time out, go to the gym, go fishing, or choose some other hobby you like, and go through everything you didn’t find the time or the place during the rest of the month.
Mixed genders together?
Well, you know the best what works out for all of you!
Just make it pleasant and fun for all to participate in.
Once decided, put it on your calendar and stick to it!
Consider these get-togethers like taking mini-vacations.
Apart from socializing, they’ll surely get you recharged with positive energy for the month ahead.
Be for them when in need
True friends and family members are there for one another.
Both in good and in bad.
It’s easy to be surrounded by people while having a good time.
Rest assured you won’t be alone at those times (unless of course, you purposefully want to).
But when the hard time comes, you’ll truly understand who the real friends and caring family members are.
Keep this in mind the next time a person close to your heart might need help.
Don’t think you need to move the mountains to make the person feel better (although it would be awesome if you could do it! 🙂 ).
Sometimes even an offer to help out shows that you care, and it can mean the world to the one you care about.
Show them how much you care
From time to time it’s a good thing to do something for the people you love.
Call the people who are closest to you and show them your support when some important event/occasion is happening in their lives and/or check them later after it is done.
Even listening to their worries, problems, and troubles (without any additional help) is a way to show that you care.
Sending them a real, handwritten letter in which you’re thanking them for a certain thing they’ve done for you shows them your appreciation and how much you value them being a part of your life.
Craft a special item together
If you’re a creative bunch of people, you can use the gift you have to make a special item reflecting the bond and the interests you have together.
Create whatever works the best for you – may be a keychain or a necklace, bracelet, a bookmarker, pencil holder…
Just be it something you would get to see often.
Because there is no point if you put it away and forget all about it. 🙁
Create the items together and at the end let everyone take one of your creations with him/her.
It’ll be a warm memory of each other, the time you spent together, and the unique bond which only you share.
Browse through old photographs
With Instagram nowadays being the main place to display photographs, maybe the future generations won’t know what it’s like to hold old-fashioned photography in their hands or understand how special each one was at the time.
But you have to admit, this one has its charms. 🙂
Get together and go through an (old) album, your own, or your ancestor’s.
Remember the time it was taken.
The circumstances surrounded it.
The people involved in it.
A lot of reactions and discussion-provoking themes might burst out from browsing them.
Share a personal story
The people who are closest to you should know the little things and some interesting events that happened to you throughout your life.
(reciprocity is a must!)
Share an interesting story you had and listen to other people’s stories as well.
Oftentimes, the more personal the story is, the greater the connection is built between the two of you.
Take them to a place that’s left a deep impact on you
Combine going out with an interesting reason for visiting that very place.
Tell your family or friends about your personal connection to the location you’re visiting, and explain why the specific spot is so special to you.
Don’t forget to give them a feeling of how it used to look back then as opposed to now.
Ask for advice (or give one)
Every now and then, we all face moments when we could use a fresh view on a subject in which we have our doubts.
Who to better turn to than to those who know you the best – your family and friends?
If you’re surrounded by real friends and caring family members, you know they’ll do their best to give you advice on a worry which weighs you down.
Even though sometimes what you’ll hear may not be what you want (yes, it happens!), give it time and think about it.
Remember, those are the people that care about you the most.
And maybe they are seeing some things clearer than you (yes, it also happens!).
And that’s it – those were some creative ideas on how you can strengthen the bond with your family and friends.
I have just one more important thing to add.
Simply reading this shows that you’re a compassionate and caring person, and I’m super sure your friends and family love you because of that (and so much more).
So, if you haven’t tried some of these tips just yet, by all means, do so in the future.
You’ll make your own life and the lives of those around you richer.
And there is no money in the world that can buy this true, strong bond.
If you found this article to be useful or has brought pleasant emotions to you, please share it on Pinterest (or any other online space that you like). Let’s make stronger bonds with the people around us! 🙂
Cheers to all of those who make our lives richer! 🙂