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10 Creative Ways to Say Thank You

10 Creative Ways to Say Thank You

There are 84,600 seconds in a day. How about using one of those seconds to say thank you? Great idea! After all, a thankful heart is the key to finding joy in everyday things. However, simply saying “thank you” can get a bit repetitive and boring.

Here are 10 creative ways to say thank you.

“Before I get out of bed, I am saying thank you. I know how important it is to be thankful.” – Al Jarreau

1. Tell them why you are grateful

You want to express your thanks in a very specific way by mentioning what you appreciated most when you were in need. Maybe it was a shoulder to cry on or a sympathetic ear. Don’t be afraid to express that more fully like the people in the video below. This is so much better than merely saying “thank you.”

2. Make a donation in their name

Maybe you know what charity your friend holds dear. Offering a donation in their name will be really appreciated and will spread a little bit of kindness.

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

3. Gift some learning

Find out what new expertise, languages, or practical skills they would really like to try out. Gift them a course. There are over 30,000 courses on the Udemy site if they are not sure what is available or if they need some ideas. Whether it is coding skills, cookery lessons, or writing an ebook, you can easily find one which suits your budget and their passion.

4. Use more expressive words

You may not have the money or time to invest in a gift or token, but there are lots of creative ways to say “thank you.” Send a text, card, or email, using some of these ideas. They are definitely more creative expressions!

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  • You = awesome. Me = grateful.
  • Move over, Gates, there’s a new philanthropist in town.
  • You’re a lifesaver. Literally.
  • Is there no limit to your awesomeness? Thank you!
  • You are at the top of the kind-o-meter. Enjoy the fame!

5. Send them a selfie

Maybe you are too busy or too far away to express your gratitude in a tangible way. Send them a selfie of you smiling. That’s your gratitude in a pic. Send it by email or on your smartphone. You are smiling and that says it all. You are guaranteed to make your friend smile too!

6. Take action

Show your gratitude by rolling up your sleeves and doing something that is really creative or useful. This might be doing the shopping, preparing a meal, baking a cake, washing the car, mowing the lawn, or doing the dishes. At work, you can run a meeting or take on an extra gig to give your generous colleague a break.

7. Try listening

As a way of saying “thank you,” you can be the shoulder to be cried on and listen to your friend’s sorrows, rants, and frustrations. This can be a more practical way of showing your appreciation and that you really care.

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8. Send an IOU card

Make your own funny card and send an IOU coupon. It can be anything from a dinner in a favourite restaurant or offering to babysit. Writing it down makes it more official and shows you are really sincere in expressing your thanks.

9. Make it go viral

This is a great way to be creative, provided your friend or loved one is really into social media. You want to let the world know how grateful you are. You could always post a story about your friend on your Twitter, or Facebook account. You could also make them a YouTube video.

10. Write a thank you note

Whether your friend is into social media or not, a handwritten note can make a truly sincere impact, as it is now almost a lost art. Taking a pen to paper and writing down how (and why) you feel grateful is a wonderful way of expressing your appreciation. In addition, the presence of a tangible object like a card beats friends and “likes” on Facebook, any day!

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“The language of friendship is not words, but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

Featured photo credit: November 13th – Iam grateful, I am happy, I am home! / via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

Conflicts are literally everywhere.

Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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