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Unfortunately, there are times when our friends, coworkers, family members, and neighbors will go through hard times. While “thoughts and prayers” can be from the heart and intended to show appreciation for their situation, there are a lot better ways to accomplish this.
While many among us are having to learn how to survive an unexpected job loss, there are those that are experiencing a death in the family, health issues, money issues, and so much more. With that in mind, we wanted to cover some ways you can show appreciation when someone you know hits hard times.
7 Ways to Spread Appreciation During Hard Times
Show Your Support
When it comes to unexpected job loss, showing empathy and a willingness to help definitely goes a long way. With them now having to possibly live off less than $30,000 a year, there’s not a whole lot that will ease their situation short of hiring them to work for you or finding them a job immediately.
With that being said, gift cards are always a blessing in these times and you can either get them one to a specific store or one they can use almost anywhere.
Send Them a Meal
If you have the time, a homemade dish or meal definitely can seem more from the heart—but of course who has time to prepare and cook a meal for themselves and another family? Luckily there are plenty of options to send entire meals to them, no matter how far away they are.
A Tried & True Idea
Whether there is a death in the family, job loss, or other hard times, arranging a sympathy flowers delivery is almost always a hit. Taking the time and initiative to send flowers shows that you care and are there for them.
Another Tried & True Idea
For less than $20, you can send them a sympathy card and have a memorial tree planted as well. A perfect way to honor someone that has passed away.
Help Them With Their Move
You may have actually helped them move recently, whether it was according to plan or not. In any case, moving is expensive and takes a lot out of you mentally, physically, and financially.
You can help them out by buying furniture or appliances second-hand, give them gift cards as mentioned above, or even send them flowers to brighten up their new home. Going a step above by helping them move their belongings into their new home is definitely a great way to show your appreciation for their situation.
Send Them Some Domestic Help
One of the hardest things to keep up with in hard times is the home itself. Sending them a maid service for a day will likely help them immensely and will definitely be appreciated. Surprise them with a maid and one of the other ideas on this list and watch their day really brighten up.
Try to Cheer Them Up
Whether they’re going through a breakup, having a rough week or month, or celebrating a birthday or other special occasion during a tough time, sending them a fun singing telegram can most assuredly brighten their day.
Showing that you care when a friend or loved one is going through hard times isn’t about making yourself feel good. It’s all about brightening their day and showing their appreciation for their situation. We all hit hard times here and there in life and having someone that utilizes some of the tips above can feel invaluable.
“Thoughts and prayers” may be sufficient for incidents involving people you don’t know but, when it comes to those closest to you, taking a few extra steps can make all the difference in the world.