Unwrapping the present.
Even the smallest “thank you” can have a huge impact on the person you say it to, but also on your own life. However, sometimes saying those two little words can feel a bit inflated and we will be looking for other ways of how to express ourselves. A very wise man (or what do I know, I just googled him) called William Ward, said “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”, and I’m pretty sure we’ve all had that feeling at some point. So here’s a 10 note list from Gratitude Nation to you for getting that present delivered and unwrapped!
10 ways of showing your gratitude, whether it’s for family, friends or a colleague at work.
1. Write a hand-written thank you note
2. Share an example of something they did for you and how it made a difference in your life.
3. Dedicate a public post acknowledging things you value about them and their actions
4. Give them something of yours that you think they would enjoy, and let them know why you want them to have it.
5. Compliment them on a talent, skill, or strength that you admire
6. Give a long, intimate hug! (everyone needs a hug now and then and it releases those endorphins!)
7. Do something little, but thoughtful for them (fx. cleaning up after dinner while your mum relaxes, buy your friend a coofee when he’s tried or bring chips for you sister when she’s hungover)
8. Smile. Smiles are contagious, so give one away!
9. Invite them to do something you know they’ve always wanted to do.
10. Give them flowers to brighten their day.
Give thanks to challengers and yourself!
We have to remember though that adding gratitude to life doesn’t only include showing respect and gratitude to the people who love you and you love, but also to the people who challenge you or support you (at work for example). Last but not least it is important to show gratitude for yourself – so go and schedule a date with yourself that’s all about you.
Do you have any other inspiring ways of showing gratitude that you use?