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Graduation is a big deal! Whether it’s high school, college, grad school…or any school, it’s a milestone worth noting. And the graduation card you send is an opportunity to add a short message to tell your favorite grad what’s in your heart, always focusing on the positive. Still, if you find yourself sitting, pen in hand, and stumped for what to say, here are some idea starters!

For any grad…Tell them how proud you are…and acknowledge how proud they must be. “Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment! I can only imagine how proud you must feel!”
For a college grad…Wish them a happy future. “Congrats! Wishing you so much happiness as you begin this exciting new chapter in your life.”
For a college-bound high school grad… Express your joy and wish them luck in college. “So thrilled to know you’ve graduated…and now you’re headed off to college. Wishing you all the best as you take this important first step toward your future.”
For any grad…Offer words of wisdom or inspiration. “Your journey has just begun, and there’s no limit to what you can do. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful future.”

The people we cherish bring so much to our lives. They fill our hearts with joy, remind us of what’s good and possible in the world, support us when we need it and love and accept us the way we are.

But just because we know how we feel about them doesn’t always mean they realize how much they matter to us.
Writing a short note or sending a text or card is a wonderful way to express your gratitude and appreciation.

Not sure what to say? Here are a few tips to get you started.

“I’m so grateful for the amazing person you are.” — Tell them why they’re so amazing.
“I just want you to know you make a difference.” — Whether it’s because of a skill, a talent, a gift or character trait, let them know how.
“Thank you for always being there.” — Note a time or two when their support or encouragement has been especially helpful.

Make their day by letting them know how much they mean to you. Doing so only sweetens and affirms the bond you already share.

Life presents many moments when a loved one may be questioning, “Can I handle this?” and in this sweet audio story, Katie tells how a little encouragement can go a long way. Just before her daughter Maggie begins her first post-college job, Katie lovingly reminds her in a greeting card about all the ways she’s prepared to make her first day great…and that she’s ready for this pivotal step in “adulting.” It’s little moments like these that not only boost our loved ones’ confidence, they strengthen the bonds between us.

When you know someone needs a little encouragement, why not find little ways to bolster their confidence? Acknowledge their courage and their strengths. Celebrate what they’ve accomplished so far. Remind them, “you’ve got this.” Not only will it make their day, it just might be carry them forward through a challenging stage of life.

Of course, we think the people in our lives are amazing. We love them for their kind hearts and generous spirits, for their wisdom and perspective, their gifts and talents — for simply being who they are. But sometimes the way we see others isn’t the way they see themselves. That’s why we love this audio story from Amy, who decided to randomly use social media to remind her friends of their awesomeness. We don’t need to wait for a special occasion or holiday to let our loved ones know they matter, that their gifts make a difference.

Acknowledge someone just because. Share a compliment. Express your pride. Affirm the good you see in them. You never know when that positive reminder could be just the thing that makes their day or turns a difficult one around.

We don’t always need a reason or special occasion to reach out to the ones we love. Any day is a good day to bring a smile to our family or friends by letting them know we’re thinking of them. All it takes is a small act of thoughtfulness to nurture the relationships we cherish.
Here are three simple things you can do right now to connect:

Send a thoughtful note.
In this age of texting and email, a handwritten note means more than ever. It doesn’t have to be long, just a few words telling the recipient what you treasure about your relationship or thanking them for the good they bring to your life.
Share a smile with a card.
When we want to connect but aren’t sure what to say, a card helps us capture what’s in our hearts. Taking the time to find just the right message, whether it’s sweet, funny or poetic, and then putting it in the mail is sure to make going to the mailbox a treat!
Make a call.
It’s so easy to send a quick text nowadays but there’s something special about hearing the voice of the ones we love. Pick up the phone and check in, clear some extra time to chat or if you get their voicemail, make plans for a time when you’re both free to connect.