25+ Ways to Say ‘You Are Important to Me’ to a Loved One

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If you’re looking to make a difference in someone’s life today, you might consider all the ways you can tell someone that they have value. Maybe you’re on the hunt for the perfect way to tell your partner you can’t live without them. Or, your brother needs to hear his little sister misses him and worries about his safety. No matter who, everyone can benefit from hearing that they are important.

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Check out the quotes below to see if there’s one that fits your need today. Then return tomorrow to see if one works somewhere else in your life—like the coffee shop or the grocery store.

After a while, you’ll be a master of making people feel like they are heard and seen by you and the world around them.  

How to Say ‘You’re Important to Me’ in a Letter, Card, or DM

Are you looking for ways to make someone’s day? If so, check out these easy options for ways to let people know that they really matter to you.

1. “You’re my world; the love of my life; the sun in my morning; the moon of my night.”

They say it’s the little things that keep the fires burning. So, here’s a tiny ember of a quote to add to the fire next time you see a greeting card with your partner in mind.

2. “Hi. How are you? Let me know if you need anything right now. Sending you love.”

Here’s a quick DM for a friend who’s been posting on social media about some recent stressors. It’ll open a door to lend support as well as let them know they’re in your thoughts.

3. “It’s been a few months since dad passed away, and I just wanted to let you know that we’re here for you, now, more than ever.”

Is your parent feeling insecure now that they have lost their partner? If so, you can drop a letter in the mail to assure them that they’re not alone.

4. “I saw this and thought of you. I hope it adds as much sunshine to your day as you often do to mine!”

Out of the blue treasures are fun to receive in the mail. If you find yourself out and about, why not pick something up and then attach a lovely card?

5. “With everything going on right now, I wanted to take a minute to tell you that you matter to me. And I hope that you and your family are doing well.” 

If you know your friend is feeling frazzled about something, here’s an easy and quick way to offer kindness in the middle of their mayhem.

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How to Tell Someone They’re Important to You In Person

Speaking face-to-face and from the heart gives you an opportunity to look people in the eye, which can be far more impactful or meaningful than a simple text or DM. 

6. “I know I don’t say it enough, but I want to let you know that you mean the absolute world to me. I love you.”

Are you heading out for date night? If so, you can start it out right by offering some simple words of affection to guide the evening.

7. “You are important to me and you matter to me in every way.”

If you have a child struggling right now, this is just one tiny little echo for their mind to give them a push for a better tomorrow. It’s important to know that you’re important.

8. “I think I could stare into your eyes and find forever with you.”

Oh, to be falling in love again! If this is where you are, you probably want to say all the right things, so here’s something to add to your quiver for the right time.

9. “I was hoping to get one last chance to hang out before we take off, so I could let you know how much your friendship has meant to me.”

Are you moving out of state? If so, here’s a great way to invite a coworker (or coworkers) out for a happy hour one last time.

10. “Dad, you taught me to be the person I am today, and I’ll always be grateful for that.”

If you are going through some life changes, then the final words that you exchange might be the most important you’ll ever say.

How to Say ‘You’re Important’ After a Tragedy, Death, or Illness

Troubles can come out of nowhere. So, if someone you know has recently been hurting, here are a few ways to let love and kindness shine.

11. “I have always appreciated and respected your friendship, and now I admire you for your strength and resilience.”

One way to be there for someone during hard times is first to tell them why they matter and then layer it with all the reasons why they’re amazing. It might help them land a little softer on the other side.

12. “I couldn’t have done this without you.”

Sometimes saying it short is best, especially considering the illness you just went through. The wording is also perfect on its own and doesn’t require further explanation.

13. “I didn’t think I would enjoy anything again after our son died. But you made me see that there’s still so much out there—and that includes you.”

It’s an understatement of how much a child’s death creates a fissure in a marriage. So, here’s just a small start on how to start mending the broken pieces.

14. “You’re my rock. You got me through the hardest thing I will ever do.” 

Here’s a way to let your partner know how much their support means to you after the passing of your parents or something equally as horrifying.

15. “Life with you is so much better than without. Don’t ever scare me like that again.”

There may be times during a partner’s illness or emergency surgery where you develop a sinking feeling in your gut. This says all that and more.

How to Tell Close Family and Friends That They’re Important to You

Close familial and friend relationships don’t need a lot of fuss or wording to get the point. With them, you can say a lot without saying much at all.

16. “I noticed you’ve got a lot on your plate lately. If you need to talk, I’m here.”

Are you having a hard time watching someone make poor decisions? If so, offering your support might be the first step that eventually leads to a conversation.

17. “I appreciate you calling.”

If you’re a parent who wants to tell their kids to call more often, this approach won’t sound demanding.

18. “Do you remember that time we… I think about that all the time.”

When someone tells you that they’re always at the forefront of their mind, you know you matter a lot to them.

19. “What did you do today?”

Asking lots of questions is one of the easiest ways to tell someone that they’re important. And just the simple act of listening could change someone’s bad day into a good day.

20. “Hey, I just wanted to send a note to say that I love my big brother.”

This message lets your brother know that you are sending all those years you share inside those few simple words.

How to Let Coworkers or Acquaintances Know They Matter to You

Committing random acts of kindness or just thanking someone for helping move the wheel can lift anyone’s spirits. Check out a few examples and situations below to find out what works and where.

21. “You’re a lifesaver; I couldn’t do this without you.”

If you’ve ever been in the weeds with work and didn’t know if you would see sunshine again, then here’s a way to thank the coworker who helped pull you out.

22. “I admire your dedication. We’re all encouraged by you—including those that are served as a result of this organization.”

When you work with a lot of volunteers, you probably notice a few standouts from time to time. Here’s a way to let them know how much they matter across the entire board.

23. “You matter.”

If you frequent an establishment and always receive stellar service from the staff, you can pen it somewhere on your receipt.  

24. “I was having the worst day when I started laughing because I remembered that joke you told me last week.”

If you’re like me, you love it when elders tell you the corniest jokes. So, here’s an easy way to let them know they have value.

25. “I don’t know what we’d do without you.”

Some phrases work in just about any professional situation and always make an employee feel like they matter, and here’s one of them.

Changing the World With Kindness

You can bring a lot of hope to people when you let them know that they have value to you and others. Who knows, if you offer the people around you just one chance at a better day, you might make a difference when it matters the most.

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