Most people are aware that social support is crucial to life and that having people in your life who care can make a world of difference.
Researchers have shown that one key indicator of people in relationships that are fulfilling is vulnerability. One particular study done by the University of Houston showed that relationships in which individuals expressed their care for each other created a greater sense of relationship satisfaction.
Bottom line: Relationships are built on mutual appreciation, and there is no better way to show that appreciation than to tell someone how much you care (Lackovic-Grgin and Dekovic 1996).
Challenge today: share with others how important they are to you.