Small Gestures That Help Us Show Up for Others

Small Gestures That Help Us Show Up for Others

via Thrive Global by Marina Khidekel

Often it’s not big, grand gestures that show the people around us we care about them. It’s the small gestures that can really help strengthen our bonds  like putting our phones away when having dinner with someone, or asking a colleague a deeper question than “How are you?” to show that we sincerely want to know about their well-being. 

We asked our Thrive community to share with us the small gestures that help them show others that they care. Which of these ideas will you try?

Celebrate other peoples’ wins

“The most significant small but powerful gesture that has become a habit is taking a mindful moment to celebrate others in any part of their lives. Just by acknowledging and celebrating for just a few moments with others, you are not just showing up for others, but for yourself too. You’re shifting your focus from what is lacking to what is possible.”

—Alejandra Rojas, finance professional and coach, Washington, D.C.

Give your undivided attention

“To show I care, I pay attention when other people talk. I ask two questions: ‘What are you currently excited about?’ And ‘what are you currently grappling with?’ I listen intently, and I focus on them. I don’t just wait for my turn to speak, and I don’t glance around the room while they’re talking.” 

—Courtney Daniels, filmmaker, Sherman Oaks, CA

Call to check in 

“I will reach out and follow up with my friends when I’m concerned about how they’re feeling, either with an email or text. I also let them know I’m there for them. I can’t understand every situation someone is facing, but I can offer support. And I offer to call them too, so they know a part of me is with them.”

—Kristin Meekhof, author, therapist and life coach, Royal Oak, MI 

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