You can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars showing someone how grateful that you are for what they have done for you, but many times it is the simplest gestures that stand out the most.

Say Thank You

It may seem trivial, but show your appreciation immediately after accepting the gift. Remember a gift can be anything items, praise, advice, etc. This reiterates how grateful and thankful that you are.

Write a Note

Here snail mail is better. How often do you get real mail (for instance, non-promotional and meaningful mail) in your mailbox? My guess is rarely. Spend five minutes and write a note either on paper or a card saying thank you. It is a guaranteed way to make the recipient smile.

-P.S. If the recipient is always traveling, an e-card or an email will do the trick, but make sure to personalize it. Make sure it is from you and not your assistant. If you want extra bonus points, find out where the recipient is staying while traveling and send a card there.

Social Media Shoutouts

This is acceptable if your recipient is active on social media networks (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.). What better way to show that you are grateful than shouting it out to the world and reaching millions of people. You’re act of thankfulness can impact others who may want to use your recipient’s service.

Send a Small Gift

Send something meaningful that shows your appreciation. Now, we need to pause and define meaningful:

mean·ing·ful adjective -fəl
having a clear meaning: expressing an emotion or idea without words: having real importance or value -Merriam -Webster Dictionary

The gift must have some meaning to the recipient. If they love gourmet local food, you might wish to purchase a gift card for them at the gourmet grocery and wine shop in their town that they frequent. Buy their cup of coffee. If they love gerbera daisies, send a bouquet to their office.

The point here is to not only send a gift, but to send something that shows you have taken the extra step and truly valued what they did for you.

Smile

This one is the easiest on the list. Smiling is contagious and instantly brightens someone’s day. Combine this with a thank you and the recipient will be on cloud nine. You never know how much this will brighten someone’s world until it turns your day around when someone does it for you.

Words can’t explain it, but the impact shows when the recipient instantly smiles and passes it along.

People remember when you are thankful and express it. When you are genuine and always grateful, you also notice when people do not take the extra second to say the two easy words that have so much more meaning, “thank you.”

Being grateful shows that you care and are glad that the recipient affected your life in a positive manner. These acts of gratitude are multiplied when the entire world does it making the world a better place.

Can one act of gratitude and thankfulness change the world? I believe so. When we acknowledge what impacts us in a positive way, the relationships that we have, the people that make us smile and brighten our day, it is contagious and shared. We are immediately compelled to do great things for others and brighten someone else’s day.

So, it’s time to show that you are grateful for the person who makes your days better, helps you out, and is there when you need them even when you least expect it. Send a note, pick up the phone, or send a gift and say “thank you.”

Want some more ideas to say thank you to your loved ones? 20 Simple Ways To Make Someone Happy

Featured photo credit: Thank you note written in chalk on a slate heart hanging on a refrigerator door via Shutterstock

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