Words of Affirmation

Words of affirmation are so often not said. I know that for myself, I tend to assume that my family and friends know that I love them and that I support them. And I do tell them these things from time to time. But I don't think that I've been doing it enough. I was reminded today during two separate conversations with two important people in my life that they need to hear these things from me. Of course we show how much we care through our actions every day, but that does not negate the fact that we need to speak these words too. When I used words to express my love and support for these individuals, their responses showed me how much that meant to them and how I need to make an effort to say these important things out loud more often. We all just want to know that we are loved, accepted, and supported. So why don't we say these things more often? Most of the time we probably assume that the people in our lives know how we feel. But aren't words of love and affirmation too important to not say out loud? I think that it is time that I stop assuming that my friends and family know how I feel about them and start making sure that they hear from me how much I love them, how much they mean to me, and that I support them.