How to Thank Friends Whilst Being Sick

If your friends have helped you when you're sick, you should show your gratitude. Thankfulness shows a positive and nice attitude. Though you may be feeling sick, that's no excuse for being thankless!


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    Pick a method of communication.Pick a way of communicating in which you are not only feel comfortable with, but know your friend will appreciate. This could be video mail, email, telephone, recorded email or even the good old art of letter writing. Think of the one that's best suited for both of you. Remember to also be comfortable with the time of communication.
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    Figure out how you want to word your thank-you message. If it's a gift, let them know something like how much you appreciate the fact that they spent the time/money to get/make you a gift. Or if it's an act, say how much you appreciate what they did. If you wish, you can also let them know what kind of positive impact their generous act had on you.
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    Make your message. This is the fun part. If you have some contagious disease, make sure you sanitize what you use to make your thank-you message. Don't make it too long or your friend might be worried that you won't be having enough rest. Sometimes simple is better.
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    Be honest. Make sure that whatever you say is sincere and conveys your gratitude thoroughly. Don't fake your appreciation or feelings. It is better to not say any thanks than to lie about your gratitude. Many people can make out whether you are being truthful or not. And if you are not truthful, it will only end up hurting them and may have a negative impact on your relationship.
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    Make that personal effort. Consider hand-writing a thank you card or making time to thank them in person as soon as the risk of contagion has passed. Sometimes a text or email can be seen as impersonal or as having required the least effort possible. This is especially true with older generations as they were likely taught etiquette and more formal manners than younger generations.
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    Offer your help. Don't hesitate to help them in any way if they ever need your help.


  • Pick a method of communication that doesn't involve you actually having to go and see the person. That way you don't get your friend sick. Even though it's nice to share, it doesn't count with germs.
  • If they have come to your home while you are sick in order to help you may want to consider a gift with your thank you. They have not only taken time out of their day to come over and help you, they have also risked exposure to your illness. If their contribution was fairly small the gift can be as simple as a homemade treat or a small token like a candle. However if they came to help you and spent significant time, resources, or energy taking care of you the gift should be more lavish or thoughtful.
  • If they have gotten ill as a result of exposure while helping you then you should definitely help them during their illness as well.


  • If you're sick due to alcohol, don't make empty promises while you friends are helping you, such as "I'm never going to drink again!". They know you will drink again, and they'll be angry if you're unwell and they have to help you out again because of it.
  • Don't take them for granted and expect too much from them; there may be a limit to how much they can do for you so don't ask for help unless you really need it. They have their own lives too!

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