Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love (Socrates, 4th century B.C. Greek philosopher).
“Love ya” seems to be the more and more popular expression when parting company with a friend—or even a mere acquaintance. It’s widely recognized that “what the world needs now is love, sweet love” (song lyrics from the 1960s). Most of the time, however, it’s just a lightly-spoken sentiment without deep meaning. Better to demonstrate affection by overt acts of love.
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions (1 John 3:18).