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Words of Affirmation for Friends

Great friendships are so important for the quality of your life. Friends are there for us when we need them, and they stand by us through the good and not so good times. If you aren’t too sure how to show your appreciation for your friends, these words of affirmation are a great way to show them how much you really care. 

Why are words of affirmation important?

We all need support and encouragement from time to time. Based on Dr Gary Chapman’s work, we all have a unique love language. There are five different ways in which we like to give and receive love and support, and one of them is words of affirmation. 

If your love language is words of affirmation, this means that you like to receive love through words. They can be written or spoken, but the key component is that they are communicated to you on a regular basis. If your friends have this love language, saying the following phrases to them make them feel seen, heard, and supported. 

Don’t worry if you don’t know your friends’ love languages. We all like to hear nice things, especially if we are going through a difficult time. Use the following examples to deepen your friendships and let your closest friends know you are there for them. 

Words of affirmation can be used with all your loved ones, not just your friends. Read these powerful words of affirmation for your husband or wife.

10 phrases for support 

If your friend is going through a difficult time, use these following phrases to let them know that you are able to support them. 

  1. I am here for you, always.
  2. If you would like to talk about it, please know you can reach out to me.
  3. You are so strong and I know you will get through this.
  4. I know things might seem tough right now, but I believe in you. 
  5. We all make mistakes, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
  6. If there is anything I can do to support you, please let me know. 
  7. You are allowed to feel all of your feelings. 
  8. Remember that you are so strong and I know you will pull through. 
  9. I’m really proud of you for navigating this difficult time.
  10. You are so courageous and I am right here next to you. 

10 phrases for encouragement

If your friend needs motivation and encouragement, use the following phrases to help them find their inner fire again. 

  1. I know you can do this!
  2. You’re so strong and I know you will succeed.
  3. Remember that inner fire, I know it’s there.
  4. I am really proud of you for all your hard work.
  5. Don’t give up, look how far you’ve progressed!
  6. There’s that confidence! Welcome back!
  7. I admire you for your tenacity and drive. 
  8. You’re glowing right now and I am so happy for you. 
  9. I believe in you more than anything. 
  10. Just think how amazing you’ll feel once you overcome this. 

10 phrases for appreciation

We all enjoy being told how much we are loved and appreciated. Use the following phrases to let your friend know just how amazing they are, and how much you value them.

  1. I am so grateful for a friend like you.
  2. You add so much joy and happiness to my life. 
  3. You’re a true friend and value our friendship so much. 
  4. I count you as one of my blessings.
  5. I love our dynamic and how we support one another. 
  6. You motivate and inspire me every single day.
  7. I think you’re amazing.
  8. I appreciate you and everything you do for me.
  9. You are a positive force in my life and you shine so bright. 
  10. I hope our friendship continues to grow and flourish.

How can I use words of affirmation?

You can use the above phrases in any way you like. Some friends might prefer to hear them spoken, if not directly, then at least over the phone or a video call. 

Another great idea is to send your friend a cute text to brighten up their day. This has the added bonus of being unexpected, and is guaranteed to make your friend feel special. 

You can also write your friend a letter including the above phrases if you would like to really make them feel loved and appreciated. If you don’t have time to write a letter, a simple post-it note can also be effective. 

However you choose to use words of affirmation for friends, they’ll definitely make an impact. Have fun using these phrases and watch your friendships flourish.

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