13 Ways to Express Thanks

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It's not difficult to express thanks. Really. It may seem insignificant, but it can have a huge impact on the life of the other person. However, I strongly believe that being thankful is that it benefits you far more than the person to whom you are expressing gratitude. You will find that you want less when you are thankful, grateful, and content in your own life and experiences. So this Thanksgiving, find small ways to express gratitude to the people in your life, either through words or gestures. They all may not be obvious, but will make a difference in your relationships with people: 

1. Say something nice to someone

Saying thank you to someone is the quickest, simplest, and most straightforward way to express gratitude. If you don't have anything specific to thank someone for, a few kind words will suffice. Kind words spoken with sincerity are like a balm to a troubled soul. They can help people who are stressed, unappreciated, lonely, ill, tired, or just a little anxious or depressed. 

2. Be encouraging 

While most people associate encouragement with helping them believe in themselves or gain confidence, it can also be expressed in the form of affirmation. Tell your mom what a great meal she cooked today, or tell your friend that the promotion she’s been wanting is not a reach and long shot, and that she deserves it. Another way to congratulate someone? Tell them how much they inspire you!

3. Write a letter 

A handwritten note is a true gift in today's world of digital-first communication. Perhaps because it is physical and can be displayed or stored indefinitely, writing on paper feels more heartfelt than sending an email or text. People understand how meaningful it is to take the time to sit down and write a note of thanks, and they will value your expression of gratitude even more as a result.

4. Reach Out 

Participate in community service. Volunteering has been shown to increase subjective well-being and provide significant health benefits, in addition to connecting with others and gaining experience. Volunteer work has a positive impact on aspects of personal well-being. Volunteering increased happiness, life satisfaction, self-esteem, sense of control over one's life, physical health, and depression levels in those who participated.

5. Be a good listener 

It's easy to become overwhelmed; the simple act of actively listening to your loved ones can go a long way toward demonstrating your appreciation. Place your phone on the table, pay attention, and let them lead the conversation. I know I'm guilty of focusing so intently on what I'm about to say next that I miss the essence of what someone else is saying. This is a common occurrence that can be corrected with effort and practise. It shows that I respect and appreciate them when I stop editing my next comments and listen actively and intently to the other person, demonstrating by my body language that I'm in the moment in their conversation.

6. Go visit someone you haven't seen in a while 

Face-to-face gratitude visits are a great way to show your gratitude. While expressing gratitude in person may be a big step for some, the simple act of going out of your way to tell someone how much you care is enough for everyone to benefit. Send a personalised video message if you can't make it in person.

7. Hug someone 

Give them a hug if you have someone special in your life. Even to those closest to us, we can often go too long without expressing our love and gratitude. Don't overlook this crucial aspect of your relationship. Don't expect anything in return; simply give it as a token of your appreciation. If you hug a stranger, you should expect to run very fast afterward.

8. Offer to run an errand or assist with household chores.

This is a specIf you have friends or family that tend to have a hectic schedule, imagine how much lighter you could make them feel by just offering to run an errand for them. That could be folding clothes, running to the dry cleaners, helping with grocery shopping or even watering the plants. Such assistance would be appreciated by an overworked person, and they’ll remember you for taking the time out of your day to make theirs better. 

9. Open up to them

Words may not always seem adequate to express the depth of your gratitude. It's critical at this point to select an expression that demonstrates a deeper appreciation for the person and their actions. To avoid the person doubting your sincerity, only use these deep, emotional statements when they are truly warranted.

10. Pay it forward or tip for good service

When you order a coffee, pay for the person behind you if you are able to, and when you receive good service, be sure to offer a good tip that shows those in the service industry how much they are appreciated. It is often a low-paying, unappreciated job others continue to do.work in the service industry. Others continue to do a low-paying, underappreciated job.

11. Find gratitude in negativity 

Even for the negative aspects of your life, express gratitude. To be honest, this is the most difficult part. We don't want to say thank you when things go wrong, when we're unhappy, when people are mean to us, when we're worn down by the million slings and arrows of everyday life. But, in reality, now is the most important time. You're ready to master this one if you've mastered the first nine items on this list.

12. Be respectful

Respect others and treat them with the same level of decency that you would like to receive. We're taught as children to treat others the way we want to be treated. This mantra can help you express gratitude in everyday situations. While we can express gratitude by directly telling someone we are grateful, we can also express gratitude through how we conduct ourselves and our actions.

13. Start over and mend relationships 

Be willing to say you're sorry to those you truly love and appreciate, no matter how angry you get or how right you are. In life, be willing to make compromises. Life is too short to be angry at those you love, so focus on the good they’ve done and choose to be grateful that you have the time tyo mend your relationship with them. 


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