Get Happy: Day Twenty-Seven

In this series, we will explore finite ways you can achieve personal happiness.

27. Tell People How Much You Love Them

Actively share with others how much you appreciate them; those that you honestly, really do love. It’s better to have a few really close friends, than a crowd of acquaintances who barely know you. These are the people you can cry to, ask for honest opinions, share your goals with, share your successes with, and make perfect moments.

When you show your appreciation, they will most likely be inspired to show their appreciation back.

Conversely, you don’t have to be everything to everyone. Sometimes we have to give tough love. Our friends can be too needy. Knowing when to say no to invitations, to pleas for help, and to offers of assistance is a big part of taking responsibility for your life. You will be much happier when you have some time to yourself.

You can also show people you love them, but again, don’t go overboard. You don’t have to provide for someone’s every need to be a good friend. Think about what you need from a friend, and give that much. Share a smile, tell them you love their outfit, invite them to lunch, or plan a night out. Be there if they need you, and be distant if they need space. The same goes for you. Tell them if you need space, of if you need a shoulder to cry on. Thank them.

You will feel pleased, loved, and happy.


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