It’s all too easy to become complacent about the relationships we have with our family and friends. We all know that friendships need to be nurtured. In early June, The Brainy One and I hosted a small birthday dinner party where I ended up making an unrehearsed speech. Nothing fancy or flowery, I simply expressed my gratitude.
Say thank you and praise them publicly: I don’t remember exactly what I said during my speech, but I do know that I thanked our guests, and not just for turning up to the dinner. I seized the moment and told them all why they were important to me. I loved out loud.
Never under estimate the power of a compliment: My oldest friends, a married couple, were at my birthday dinner and when I saw the husband in his dinner jacket, I said to him , “Bl**dy hell, have you always been that handsome? Ding, dong!” He was chuffed to bits. I loved out loud.
Thank them when you succeed: After the birthday dinner, I wrote what felt like a ton of thank you notes and The Brainy One jokingly asked where his was. I waited a day or two and then wrote him a postcard, thanking him for walking by my side all these years. I timed posting it to coincide with arriving when I was away for the weekend. I loved out loud.
How do you give voice to your gratitude? Do you love out loud?