Being supportive towards our friends is important as it builds trust, strengthens our bond and helps us during times of stress when our demands in life are high and our resources are low. There are many ways we can offer support towards our friends, below are just three ways we can help our friends during life’s trials.

 

Words of encouragement and hope

 

It is one of the most basic human needs to have hope for the future. In times of despair one of the best ways we can be thoughtful towards others is to lift them up by offering encouragement and hope. Words can be very powerful and the act of encouraging your friends can give them hope for a better future, empowering them to make positive changes which will improve their lives.

Ask How You Can Help

 

Sometimes when we don’t know what to do the best thing we can do is ask ‘how can I help you with this?’. By just asking this simple question it shows your friend that you want to help in a way that is most beneficial to them and that you want to support them in any way you can.

 

Offer Your Empathy and Understanding

 

Showing your friends you empathize with them and understand their perspective allows them to feel valued, loved and connected. This may be the single most important element to supporting our friends when they need it most.

 

For more of an in-depth look on how to cultivate greater levels of empathy, please read yesterdays post titled ‘Three Ways to Increase Empathy and Enhance Your Friendships’.

 

Do you do any of these steps? How do you support your friends in their times of need? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.