As we begin this new year of 2019, we have also closed 2018 with lots of celebrations, gift-giving, and family time. Showing appreciation for others comes second nature for some but for others, it doesn’t. You may be looking for ideas on how to express your gratitude effectively to those around you, so we’ve compiled a list of five unique ways to say “thank you” to someone, after the holidays or throughout the year.
WRITE IT OUT
Receiving a handwritten note is a rare occurrence in this day. Texting, speaking, or emailing a thank you is more common. These common ways of thanking someone do effectively communicate the gratitude of the sender; however, the spirit of gratefulness that is communicated by sitting down and taking pen to paper to express your thankfulness for the act or gift received, is a bonus to the note-receiver. Take the extra time to write out that thank you.
PHONE A FRIEND
In a day and age of emails and texts and social media, we rarely get phone calls from people who aren’t asking for something—billing issues, appointment reminders, robotic-calls. Even if the person on the other end of the call doesn’t pick up, leave that voicemail telling them thank you for their thoughtfulness for the gift you received. Be specific and mention the gift by name and what it meant to receive it. That phone call may be the brightest part of their day!
SAY IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
We spend more time scrolling through social media than we do having face-to-face contact with people. Instead of getting caught up in a heated debate on NextDoor, take a few minutes to write on a friend’s wall to tell them thank you. It’s refreshing to see gratitude on display instead of incivility. And who doesn't enjoy seeing a friend get acknowledged for their kindness?
FLASH A SMILE
The look of surprise on someone’s face is sometimes the greatest thank you that you can receive! The age-old saying of “your face says it all” is true. When you open that gift and you can tell that the giver spent time thinking of the perfect thing to give you, look up and give them the thank you of a smile!
PAY IT FORWARD
Were you bowled over by the thoughtfulness of a gift or act? A beautiful way to show your gratefulness is to pay it forward. Buy the coffee of the person behind you in line. Say three nice things to strangers on the way in to your office. Tell your child a character quality you see in them that is fabulous. While this act of gratitude may mean that the original giver never knows about the ripple effect of their gift, you will, and hopefully that ripple is carried on and on and on.
These acts of gratitude are simple, effective, and most of all, meaningful. This year, take the time to say thank you!