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How to Express Friendship

(Without Costing You a Dime!)

“Friendship isn’t a big thing. 

It’s a million things.” ~ Unknown


 First of all, gifts are not a requirement of Friendly Visiting.  Showing you care about someone doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some great suggestions.

Compliment them for something people may not often acknowledge about them.  Maybe your friend was once a teacher, a nurse or a service veteran.  Let them know that their dedication made a difference.

Give them something of yours that reminds you of them. 

Tell them they were so right about something and let them know how that information impacted your life.

Give their hand a squeeze or a pat.  Human touch is priceless.  You would be surprised how many seniors do not receive this simple act of kindness.

Ask, “What can I do to help you today?”  These simple words are a confirmation they have your undivided attention.

Ask them to retell their favorite story.  Sometimes family members get tired of hearing the same story over and over.  Friendly Visitors never get tired of them...do we!

Let them be right, even if you think they are not, as long as it’s not a big deal.

Ask their advice on something important and tell them their opinion means the world to you.


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