What’s the best way to show appreciation and improve relationships with family, friends, and anyone you associate with each day? Express gratitude. While we may appreciate something a person has done for us, our gratitude often goes unexpressed or unnoticed. When someone goes above and beyond to help you out, acknowledge their efforts and show your appreciation with one of these thoughtful suggestions.
Nothing expresses gratitude better than a heartfelt, handwritten note card. You don’t have to be a poet or have perfect penmanship. Just write from the heart and say why you’re thankful.
Freshly baked cookies and pies, whether you made them yourself or bought them from the local bakery, are a nice way to show someone you appreciate them, or to say “thanks” for a good deed. Why? Everyone loves food. Find out their favorite treat and deliver it in person.
If someone did something nice for your, return the favor. Did a neighbor pick up your mail while you were gone on vacation? Pick up their mail when they go on vacation, or offer to lend a hand if you see they need help.
When someone does something nice for us, it’s natural to pay that generosity forward. If the person in front of you at your favorite coffee place buys your coffee, say “thanks” and pay their generosity forward by buying coffee for the person behind you.
Brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them with bouquet of flowers or a colorful, easy to care for plant, such as lavender, aloe, jade, ferns, and snake plant. All of these plants are resilient in case their recipient doesn’t have a green thumb.
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton