Don’t Take Life For Granted

As the saying goes, “you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Yes, it can come across as cliché, and honestly, sometimes you may know what you have but you never thought you’d lose it.

But in either case, it’s always a good thing to appreciate and celebrate the family, friends, and acquaintances that you have in your life and never take them for granted. Even if the loss happens from fighting or life circumstances – and not a death – it can be hard to lose someone close.

That’s why you should celebrate the connections you have when you have them. Looking back five, 10, 50 years down the road, will you regret not having done so? It’s hard to know what you’ll miss out on so far into the future, so we’re going to share with you some ways to do just that.

Celebrate People While They're Still Around

5 Ways To Show You Care

This is, by no means, a comprehensive list of how to celebrate someone while they’re still in your life. Each person is unique, so you can tailor these suggestions to the individual:

1. Tell Them

Yes, it sounds obvious, but simply telling someone that you treasure and value them goes a long way. Tell your partner you love them every day after work, call your parents more than once or twice a month, send a quick text to that friend you haven’t seen in a little while. Whatever the method – reach out.

2. Show Them

Random material item purchases aren’t necessarily what we’re going for here. The thing you buy for the person you want to celebrate should have meaning, right? Whether it’s a long-overdue piece of jewelry for a loving partner or a PSL and an “Autumn Leaves”-scented Yankee Candle for your fall-loving best friend, make sure the item has real meaning to them.

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Celebrate People While They're Still Around

3. Check in on Them

Know of a friend who has had a rough couple of days, weeks, months, or even years? Give them a call, see if they want to have visitors, and bring them a big Crock-Pot full of their favorite soup (and maybe a bottle of wine, depending on how close you are). Sit down and just have a heart-to-heart conversation with them.

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4. Appreciate Public Service

Public servants, like teachers, first responders, police officers, nurses, mail carriers – the list goes on – don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Whether it’s a teacher you had in high school, a nurse who helped heal your broken arm, or a mail carrier who always smiles when they drop your mail off, send a thank-you card to show you acknowledge and celebrate their contributions.

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5. Perform a Random Act of Kindness

It doesn’t always need to be a close family member or friend. Helping out an elderly neighbor, leaving a larger-than-normal tip for exceptional service, or donating to a worthwhile cause of your choice are all ways to show people – even ones you don’t know – that you appreciate them.

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How do you celebrate the people in your life that matter most? Tell us in the comments below!

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