Some of the most significant messages people

deliver to one another often come in just three

words. When spoken or conveyed, those statements

have the power to forge new friendships, deepen

old ones and restore relationships that have


The following three word phrases can enrich



I’LL BE THERE – Being there for another person


the greatest gift we can give. When we are truly

present for other people, important things


to them and to us. We are renewed in love and

friendship. We are restored emotionally and

spiritually. ‘Being there’ is at the very, very

core of civility.

I MISS YOU – Perhaps more marriages could be

salvaged and strengthened if couples simply and

sincerely said to each other, “I miss you.” This

powerful affirmation tells partners they are

wanted, needed, desired and loved.

I RESPECT YOU – Respect is another way of


love. Respect conveys the feeling that another

person is a true equal. It is a powerful way to

affirm the importance of a relationship.

MAYBE YOU’RE RIGHT – This phrase is highly

effective in diffusing an argument and restoring

frayed emotions. The flip side of “maybe you’re

right” is the humility of admitting “maybe I’m


PLEASE FORGIVE ME – Many broken relationships

could be restored and healed if people would

admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness.


of us are vulnerable to faults, foibles and

failures. A man should never be ashamed to own


to he has been in the wrong, which is by saying,

in other words, that he is wiser today than he

was yesterday.

I THANK YOU – Gratitude is an exquisite form of

courtesy. People who enjoy the companionship of

good, close friends are those who don’t take

daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to

thank their friends for their many expressions


kindness. On the other hand, people whose circle

of friends is severely constricted often do not

have the attitude of gratitude.

COUNT ON ME – “A friend is one who walks in when

others walk out.”

“Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true

friendship; it is the emotional glue that bonds

people. Those who are rich in their


tend to be steady and true friends. When


come, a good friend is there, indicating “you


count on me.”

LET ME HELP – The best of friends see a need and

try to fill it. When they spot a hurt they do

what they can to heal it. Without being asked,

they pitch in and help.

I UNDERSTAND YOU – People become closer and


each other more if they feel the other person

accepts and understands them. Letting others


in so many little ways that you understand him


her is one of the most powerful tools for


your relationship.

GO FOR IT – Some of your friends may be non-conformists,

have unique projects and unusual

hobbies. Support them in pursuing their


Rather than urging your loved ones to conform,

encourage their uniqueness – everyone has dreams

that no one else has.

I suppose the 3 little words that you were

expecting to see have to be reserved for those

who are special; that is I LOVE YOU.

— Author Unknown