Everyone has heard the saying, “blood is thicker than water,” but have you ever heard the full saying? 

“The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” It alludes to the bonds soldiers would make during battle being stronger than those tied to them by genetics. And, in a sense, that tends to hold true for most everyday people. 

According to a multitude of studies, friendships can “lower stress levels; improve mood; encourage positive health behaviors and discourage damaging ones; boost cardiovascular health; improve illness recovery rates; and aid virtually everything in between.”

The relationships that you build with your friends are strong and can bring you so much joy and carry you through the hardest of times, and they can even improve your health. That’s why it is important to celebrate your friends. Here are a few ways to show your friends that you care.

1. Connect with technology.

Many people connect with their friends via social media; why not take it a step further and plan a Zoom ladies’ night or a Skype study session? Seeing your friends face-to-face virtually is a great way to hang out while maintaining social distancing. You can also enjoy company without having to prepare your home to host. That’s a win-win situation!

2. Send it in a letter.

While it may seem dated, taking the time to send a letter shows a person how much you care. Rather than sending a quick text or leaving a voicemail, you can send your friends words that you’ve sat down and given thought to. Not to mention, many people keep handwritten letters and cards as mementos of their relationships with other people.

3. Perform random acts of kindness.

Did you know random acts of kindness can let your friends and loved ones know that you’re thinking of them? Taking the time out of your day to bring a friend lunch or help them run errands shows how much you care for them. 

We all need to fall back on our friends from time to time. So, celebrate your friends! Simple actions that take you ten minutes or less can make your friends feel appreciated and loved.