Life can definitely throw us some curveballs and there is a lot of comfort in knowing that friends and family care. Let them know you can lean on me. Perhaps someone you know is going through an illness, financial hardship, a divorce or struggling with a child, you’ll want to let them know you’re there for them. It can be as simple as sending a card, picking up the phone to talk or making time to visit. It’s certainly easy to be a good friend in the good times, but when things get tough, the key is being supportive and that means listening, offering encouragement, not necessarily advice and above all, being available.