With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought it was only appropriate to write another post about being thankful. But this time, not myself and what I am thankful for but thoughtful ways to say thank you to others. This might seem like a small thing to do, but it will make you and them feeling so much better.
There’s many people out there that you can say thank you and don’t you dare say that’s not true.
Thank your …
- mom for putting up with all your crap growing up. (We all know kids/teens can be a pain HA).
- boss for giving you a chance with the new promotion or a chance to prove yourself.
- neighbor for being so awesome – not putting loud music at night, inviting you to their Christmas party, etc.
- kid’s teacher – they have to deal with your kid for 8 hours and teach them so you don’t have to.
- significant other for being there for you, pushing you to be better, and simply being themselves.
- children for being so playful, even though it can be a pain sometimes. They are still adorable.
- friends for pushing you to be better, telling you the honest opinions you need and cleaning up after your drunken messes =0
So yes, there’s plenty of people out there that deserve a thank you. But instead of just flat out saying Thanks! We should try something different this year. We should try a more thoughtful way to say thank you.
so here you go!
Thoughtful ways to say thank you:
Write a handwritten note.
This is so personal. Old-school yes. But personal. I personally miss these. You should keep pretty cards at home for these type of instances. Or if you’re crafty, you can make your own!
Bake some cookies or make a casserole.
Everybody loves free food. Not only does this say thank you, but you also fed them so they don’t have to worry about dinner that day. That’s a great thank you right there.
Invite them out to brunch/lunch/dinner.
A different version of the earlier one. This can be a more fancy place or simply a better option if you’re not much of a cook/baker.
Have a thoughtful conversation – in person.
In this day and age, it seems hard to do. With so much technology, we text and email but we rarely sit and actually focus on the person in front of us. So sit down with them, turn off your phone, and have a conversation.
Experience something together.
This can be something simple like a walk in the park, or something crazy like bungee-jumping! Just choose something you know they would like or something they have been wanting to try but haven’t yet.
Think of something that makes them happy.
Here are some examples:
- Roommate: maybe clean the apartment, cook them food, decorate yourself or help them and do it together.
- Coworker: bring them lunch one day, give them free lessons on something they’ve been asking about, or introduce them to somebody that can help their career.
- Teacher: bake them something, offer to help make some activities, donate some things for classroom projects, give them a gift basket with things they can appreciate.
There are many thoughtful ways to say thank you. But the point I’m really trying to make is to be appreciative of others and yourself. Don’t just say thank you but take the time to show it. It’s the holidays after all, everybody needs a little extra special.
If you’re still having a hard time to figure out what you’re thankful for then read my list! Here I wrote down 66 Reasons To Be Thankful for. I’m sure you’ll find something and someone to be thankful for there! =D
So go out there and make it happen. Let me know how it goes. Or if you have any other ideas on thoughtful ways to say thank you, please share!