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Four easy ways to tell someone: YOU MATTER

You matter to me. 

This one phrase can make a profound difference to anyone who hears and shares it, yet too often we forget to say these four simple words.

The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case. We all have the power to let others know that they matter, and we all have the ability to show others that we care. So why not use your power? Kid President said it best when he declared “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.”

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October 7th, 2015 marks the sixth annual You Matter to Me Day, an event held each year to remind us of how important it is to acknowledge the people we care about. In honor of this day, we compiled four easy ways you can show others that they matter:

  • Listen with interest and make eye contact. We all know there is a difference between listening and really listening, and people can tell the difference. So, next time you have a conversation with someone, make it a point really listen to what they have to say. By doing this – listening with interest and making eye contact – you are letting the other person know that you value their presence and ideas.
  • Be a hugger. After all, hugs not only help build stronger bonds with the people you see everyday, they can have healing power, according to new research. Hugs can be a non-verbal way of saying, “You matter!”
  • Speak and show your appreciation. The best way to do this, of course, is to say those four simple words: “You matter to me.” However, if you are someone who finds it more difficult to verbally express how you feel – it’s important to know that there are many other ways you can still show someone your appreciation. For example, if a friend or family member has a GiveForward Page, send a “Thinking of You” to let them know they’re in your thoughts. Remember, it’s often the little things in life that make a big difference.
  • Be present in the moment. When you’re around someone important to you, put your phone down! One of the easiest so show someone that they don’t matter to you is by spending the entire time you are with them on your phone. 

So, in honor of You Matter to Me Day, take a minute to acknowledge someone you care about and remember just how powerful these four words can be.

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GiveForward is the first place to turn when you or someone you love is facing a challenge. It’s the central rallying place for giving and receiving meaningful support. From sending a simple “Thinking of You” to raising money for out-of-pocket expenses, GiveForward empowers anyone to build a community and take action when it counts.

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