Ways to show gratitude

  • 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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Give someone a hug

Practice the act made famous by one of the most influential movies of the last decade-Jadoo ki jhappi (Magical hug in Hindi). When you hug someone you are relieving stress for both people.

Write letters.

Writing letters which convey genuine positive emotions can be rewarding in terms of health for both the sender and receiver. The fact that it makes the recieved feel good is a bonus.

Listen actively

Show people you care for them by listening to what they have to say. Active listening is about making space for only that without trying to respond to whatever they are saying.

Gift a book

Gift someone a book or send an article which reminded you of them

Smile at someone

A genuine smile can convey many positive emotions

Tip someone

Make someone's day at the restaurant or grocery shop or super market, by rewarding them for a spectacular service, by tipping more than you normally would.

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Appreciate everything

The habit of being grateful starts with appreciating every good thing in life and recognizing that there is nothing too small for you to be thankful for.

  • The practice of gratitude has long-lasting effects on a person's brain, suffering from depression or not.
  • Those who practiced writing gratitude letters and received psychological counseling have shown significantly better mental health.
  • It unshackles us from negative emotions by writing fewer negative emotional words, it shifts our attention away from toxic emotions.
  • Eventually, as we put our focus on appreciating the things we have we will become more attentive to how we express gratitude.
Count your blessings

Spend 5 to 10 minutes at the end of each day writing in detail about three things that went well that day, large or small, and also describing why you think they happened.

This simple practice is effective because it not only helps you remember and appreciate good things that happened in the past; it can also teach you to notice and savor positive events as they happen.

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