Sometimes we’re so caught up remembering to tell others we love them. Sometimes we’re so busy we forget to do it altogether. We forget that each day we remind our loved ones we care about them, and each day they remind us—usually without actually saying those three words directly. Here are fifty things we regularly do and say that show others we care:
1. “Do you want to wear my coat?”
2. “How was your exam?”
3. Checking in when they have the flu.
4.”Would you like anything from the store?”
5. “How did you sleep last night?”
6. Surprising them with their favorite candy.
7. “Don’t forget to bring your umbrella—it’s supposed to rain.”
8. “I saw this and thought of you.”
9. “Your hair looks great like that.”
10. Reminding them that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.
11. Sharing your favorite food.
12. Letting them have the front seat.
13. Putting two sugars in their coffee even when they say they want one because you know they like it better that way.
14. “I’m proud of you.”
15. “Listen to this song I heard—it reminded me of you.”
16. Sending a funny picture you saw online.
17. Washing their dishes even when they don’t ask you.
18. “How is your family?”
19. Having Gatorade ready the morning after a rough night out.
20. “There’s traffic on the highway; take the back road.”
21. “Tell your mom I say hi.”
22. Listening to their music even when you don’t like it.
23. Bringing breakfast in bed.
24. Putting on the kettle before they even ask for tea.
25. Sharing relevant news articles with them because you know they’d be interested.
26. Helping them study for a test.
27. Going to their big game.
28. Bringing an extra water bottle when you know they’ll be in the sun.
29. “Do you need any help with that?”
30. Waiting up for them to get home.
31. “How was your day?”
32. “You should take a break—you work too hard.”
33. Taking the long way home so you both can keep talking.
34. “Good luck on your interview.”
35. Greeting them at the airport.
36. Stopping by just because.
37. Giving up your seat on the bus so they can sit.
38. Letting them go in front of you in line.
39. “You look like you could use a hug.”
40. Bringing them lunch at work.
41. “I really want your opinion on something.”
42. “You were right.”
43. “You can pick the movie tonight.”
44. Sharing your bed.
45. Holding their hair or rubbing their back if they are sick.
46. Helping them write a paper.
47. Standing up for them if someone says something mean.
48. Letting them have the window seat on the train.
49. “You can have the last slice.”
50. “Call me when you get home.”