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Say Thanks to Show Gratitude

Say Thanks to Show Gratitude

Thank You - an expression of gratitude used to show appreciation for something.

  • Part of Speech: Interjection
  • Sentence Example: Thank you for helping me on the committee.

Thank You - an act or expression of gratitude

  • Part of Speech: Noun
  • Sentence Example: He gave her a dozen roses as a thank you.

Whether you want to say "Thanks," "Thank You" or "Gracias," you can express the sentiment with a gift, in words, or with a note or card. 

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2. Say Thanks with a Surprise Note

Finding a note when you don't expect it, can be a fun surprise.

  • A simple "Thank You" attached to the fridge for a family member to see or attached to a co-workers' computer screen can express your thanks and give the other person a smile.

Did your teacher recommend you for a special award?

  • Say "Thanks" with a note attached to their coffee mug. 
  • Did your teacher encourage you to succeed? Explain the specifics of your appreciation to the teacher with a short note such as "Thanks for giving me confidence in myself."

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3. Say Thanks with a Banner or Sign

An unexpected banner or sign that expresses your gratitude is a fun way to say "Thanks."

  • The sign can be any size and can be hand lettered or professionally printed. You can choose to put up a banner written with chalk on their garage door or have a sign maker create a printed banner or sign to be placed in the front of their house. Either way, you will surprise them and they will feel your gratitude.

What you say on the sign is up to you:

  • You don't have to specify exactly what they did. 
  • The key is to surprise them with seeing your gratitude expressed in a public way.

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5. Say Thanks with a Letter or Card

Sometimes your "Thank You" begs for a little more explanation than you could give on a brief note or banner. This is when you need to write a letter or card.

  • Be sure to customize the card by mentioning what they gave you and how you will use it. 
  • If someone was particularly thoughtful or kind, be sure to mention specifically what it is they did or gave you. If you enjoyed spending time with them, recap a particularly fun part of the trip.

Regardless of whether you say "Thanks" with a gift, a card, or a banner, the important thing to remember is to give your thanks quickly and with sincerity.

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1. Say Thanks with a Gift

Sometimes a simple gift is a perfect way to say "Thanks." The gift doesn't have to be expensive.

  • Consider homemade cookies, or a simple bouquet of flowers as ways to show your gratitude.
  • Your gift can also be something you do for the other person such as mowing their lawn or taking them to the local ice cream parlor.

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4. Say Thanks in a Foreign Language

Your "Thank You" doesn't have to be given in English.

Consider adding to the fun by expressing your thanks in a foreign language. For example:

  • French - merci
  • Spanish - gracias
  • Hawaiian - mahalo
  • German - danke
  • Norwegian - takk
  • Finnish - kiitos
  • Italian - grazie
  • Japanese - arigato
  • Tagalog (Philippines) - salamat po
  • Russian - spasibo
  • Portuguese - obrigado

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Daily Gratitude: A Simple Thank You Note

Gratitude is a seed that produces many new things to be grateful for.

Sending regular thank you notes to our loved ones, peers, service partners, employees and clients is priceless, especially if they are personally handwritten with love.

A few lines of gratitude can go miles, meaning a lot to the recipient. It may even become a lifetime memory for them.

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  • Write letters
  • Give someone a hug
  • Listen actively
  • Tip someone gratefully for their service
  • Be patient with others
  • Help someone with an errand when they have their plates full
  • Appreciate a colleague for their help by crediting them in a public forum, meeting or team call
  • Compliment someone
  • Send someone a book or article which reminded you of them

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Happiness

Is the ability to not want more. Is expressing gratitude and satisfaction for the present moment, instead of yearning for some future indicator of success.

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