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“Let me know if you need anything.” We’ve all said it at some point to a friend or loved one who is struggling. We really want to help but aren’t sure what to do. But when we make a general offer of help, it puts the burden on the person who’s already having a hard time. You can be a bigger help to your friend by just doing something—even something small. It doesn’t have to be big to mean a lot.
One of the most common reasons people don’t reach out is because they don’t know what to do.1 We asked members of our Option B community to share the small things people did for them that made a real difference during a hard time. Pick a few and commit to doing them for someone you love this holiday season. Or use this list as inspiration to come up with your own ideas. The important thing is that you take that first step and just do something.