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Call Them Up and Say, "I Have Nothing Important to Discuss, but I Just Wanted to Hear How You Are Doing"
Your mother could have told you this one. You might not have believed her. As with most things, it's the simple but believable gestures of support that work every time—no fireworks, jelly beans or cartwheels needed.

Leigh Newman is the Deputy Editor of and the author of Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home.

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