Published on April 13, 2021

13 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude Daily

13 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude Daily

Expressing gratitude is one of the most powerful mood-changers you can incorporate into your life. It’s also one of the most important choices you will ever make. Practicing gratitude can take you from a mental state of negativity, lack, and fear to a state of abundance and joy.

We live in a world where we are constantly subjected to fear from the media to our social circles. Bringing a little gratitude into our lives can make us remember that we are living right now and we have so much to be thankful for.

Here are 13 simple ways you can express gratitude daily.

1. Tell Someone You Appreciate Them

Starting with something very simple, this is basic but incredibly impactful because it isn’t often done. It can change your and someone else’s day. We love to be appreciated, and you can start simple with a causal “I appreciate you,” or you can go more personal and express why you appreciate someone. The response you get can be varied, but it always initiates a strong response, even if not expressed.

By letting someone know you appreciate them, they can feel heard, valued, and important. Their self-esteem will boost and so will yours.

I appreciate my sister who is always here for me to listen to my rambles.

2. Create a Social Media Post

I know not everyone is on social media so you can just journal what you are grateful for. A popular tool would be starting an abundance journal. But something I love to do is go through my camera roll, find a picture that brings my joy, and express my gratitude for what happened and what brings me joy.

This is often so rewarding that I do this in bulk. By posting it on social media as well, you can spread gratitude and abundance out into the world and inspire someone else to do it.

I am grateful we have platforms that we can practice this on.


3. Mental Listing

This one is great if you are in a negative headspace. Just sit down with a drink near a window and list all the things you are grateful for. It can be hard at first, but you can start small with foods and colors you like and then expand into things. After about ten things, it will begin to flow more easily, and you’ll be able to focus on the things that you are grateful for and lucky enough to experience.

I am grateful for crunchy lettuce, air travel, fairy lights, how cute rabbits are, mash potatoes, how elegant dancing is, TVs, locks, the wind and sunshine, sand, shells, the invention of boats, and ice tea. I can go on and on.

4. Play the “Winnie the Pooh” Game

Inspired by the movie by Christopher Robin, the Winnie the Pooh game is similar to listing but you name things you see and express gratitude for the fact that they exist. This can include lamps, trees, houses, and sandwiches—anything, really!

This is really good when you are struggling to think of anything. Just have a look around and see what you are grateful for. If you need inspiration, you can watch the movie. But the gist is, name what you see and appreciate it in all its intricacy.

I can see some flowers, and I am grateful for all their colors and hues.

5. Do Something Small for Someone

This one is a wonderful way to express gratitude. Once you have identified someone you are grateful for in your life, do something small for them. Send them a message or help them with their shopping.

This is such a powerful thing because the small things are the things that create the most impact, and it doesn’t cost you all your energy. Doing a small kind thing for the people in your life and yourself can really help create emotional bonds and alleviate stress and loneliness. Doing something small for others can benefit everyone.

I am grateful to my colleague so I will help them out if I can.

6. Find a New Unique Way to Compliment Someone

This is the best thing ever. Complimenting someone is a wonderful way to express appreciation and gratitude but mix it up and make it unique. Find a specific thing you are grateful to them for, like the way they smile or their kind heart.


Did you know that words of affirmation are also a love language? We all communicate in different love languages and a large portion of people value words of affirmations or compliments. If you find new and wonderful ways to compliment someone, they will feel heard and valued but don’t forget to compliment yourself. You are beautiful and worthy of compliments.

I am grateful for my mother’s compassion—it is seemingly limitless.

7. Throw a Simple Appreciation Party

A simple but great way to express appreciation for someone is to throw them a small party. Get them a card, grab some flowers and a small gift. Often small cheap gifts with powerful intention are much more meaningful than expensive gifts.

Invite them out for a drink and have a mini party for them, and express your gratitude that they are in your life. I do this often, and it’s a beautiful thing. It is also a very powerful tool to help someone you know who is struggling.

At a core level, all human beings crave appreciation and acceptance, but we rarely receive them. It is time to start celebrating the people in our lives and showing them that they are valued. It is also reciprocated—if you aren’t feeling appreciated, control what you can control. You can’t make other people appreciate you, but you can appreciate them and yourself, but more on that later.

I appreciate you and this blog post is your appreciation party.

8. Make Plans

Make plans with someone to do something they really love to do. A beautiful way to express gratitude is to invite someone to do something they love.

Watch their eyes light up as they get to share their passion with you. You will be grateful you did this. This is a really important one because it also builds connections with people. By showing you understand and value someone, you build stronger bonds with people. You may also discover that you find something new that you love to do! Think of all the new adventures you can have by getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new with someone you know!

I am grateful that I have the ability to make plans with people I value.


9. Buy Yourself Flowers

You should always be grateful to yourself. Buy yourself something and remind yourself that you’re important, you matter, and you are worthy of being appreciated. Don’t forget to be grateful for yourself—you are alive and you are the only you. That is important.

One of the most frustrating things about being a human is feeling unappreciated. If you are reading this, you are probably feeling unappreciated, always giving and not hearing a word of thanks for your efforts. As I said, you are important and you do matter. Appreciate yourself and you will feel more fulfilled and energized in your life.

Buy yourself the flowers you want someone else to buy you. Take control and thrive in a grateful headspace that you have yourself and you love yourself.

I am grateful for you. Buy yourself a gift.

10. Check In

Check in with someone you know is having a hard time, and let them know you are there for them because you are grateful for them. It is often overlooked, but it can be so powerful to check in with someone even if you haven’t spoken to them in a long time.

Your past is something you are grateful for, so check in and say hello. You can spread a little bit of gratitude out into the world!

I am grateful you’re alive and reading this. I hope you are well and this is me, checking in with you to ask if you are alright. I hope you are.

11. Do Something Fun

Express your gratitude for being alive by doing something fun! Dance, sing, create, build a spreadsheet! Whatever floats your boat. Just remember that you need to have more fun in your life and you will be able to feel gratitude when you are having fun.

I know it seems like an odd one, but positive energy encourages more positive energy. When you do something fun and are thankful that you’re alive to appreciate it, that energy can infect other people. Also, life is too short to just work and serve. You need to have fun—whatever fun looks like to you! Go forth, unashamed, and do your thing!


I am grateful I have a body that allows me to go and have fun!

12. Don’t Snap

This is a strange one I admit, but instead of snapping at someone whose frustrating you, focus on what you are grateful to them for. This is a small but effective way to express gratitude and change the dialogue of what is happening in your day. Focus on gratitude and finding a reason to be grateful. It changes nothing about the situation except your attitude towards it, which in turn, can change the interaction moving forward.

By taking on negative energy and turning it into positive energy with gratitude and appreciation and expressing it, you can change someone’s world. Responses can come in many forms, but asking if someone is okay and letting them have the space to vent can be very powerful for both of you.

I am grateful for all the people who have helped me, even if they were frustrating to work with.

13. Give Someone Recognition

Much like appreciating someone, recognizing someone for their achievements is a wonderful way to practice gratitude. It also changes their internal narrative as well from underappreciated and down to appreciate and thriving. The power of gratitude can apply not only to yourself but also to every social interaction you have. I am grateful for all the times someone has gone to the effort to highlight my achievements.

You don’t have to do all these every day, I love to pick and choose which ones will be the most fun each day! Once you start, you will find it difficult to stop as the joy it brings is so fulfilling. Just remember to be grateful for yourself and as much as you express your gratitude outward into the world. You need to express gratitude for yourself. If you do that, you will be an endless source of beauty, kindness, and light.

I am grateful you took the time to read this, and I hope you do something today that brings you and the world a little joy.

Final Thoughts

Gratitude can transform not only your world but also the world around you. What happens to you is a matter of perspective, and gratitude is the most effective way to take your perspective from why me to try me.

By expressing appreciation, you can change someone’s whole day and sometimes even their life with a little bit of kindness. If you want to leave a happy and fulfilled life, incorporating gratitude into your life will help cultivate a happy mindset. Happy mindset and attitude equal happy life!

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Published on May 4, 2021

How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

How To Spot Fake People (And Ways To Deal With Them)

They say we are the average of the five persons we spend the most time with. For a minute, consider the people around you. Are they truly who your “tribe” should be or who you aspire to become in the future? Are they really genuine people who want to see you succeed? Or are they fake people who don’t really want to see you happy?

In this article, I’ll review why it is important to surround yourself with genuine individuals—the ones who care, bring something to our table, and first and foremost, who leave all fakeness behind.

How to Spot Fake People?

When you’ve been working in the helping professions for a while, spotting fake people gets a bit easier. There are some very clear signs that the person you are looking at is hiding something, acting somehow, or simply wanting to get somewhere. Most often, there is a secondary gain—perhaps attention, sympathy, or even a promotion.

Whatever it is, you’re better off working their true agenda and staying the hell away. Here are some things you should look out for to help spot fake people.

1. Full of Themselves

Fake people like to show off. They love looking at themselves in the mirror. They collect photos and videos of every single achievement they had and every part of their body and claim to be the “best at what they do.”

Most of these people are actually not that good in real life. But they act like they are and ensure that they appear better than the next person. The issue for you is that you may find yourself always feeling “beneath” them and irritated at their constant need to be in the spotlight.

2. Murky in Expressing Their Emotions

Have you ever tried having a deep and meaningful conversation with a fake person? It’s almost impossible. It’s because they have limited emotional intelligence and don’t know how they truly feel deep down—and partly because they don’t want to have their true emotions exposed, no matter how normal these might be.


It’s much harder to say “I’m the best at what I do” while simultaneously sharing “average” emotions with “equal” people.

3. Zero Self-Reflection

To grow, we must accept feedback from others. We must be open to our strengths and to our weaknesses. We must accept that we all come in different shapes and can always improve.

Self-reflection requires us to think, forgive, admit fault, and learn from our mistakes. But to do that, we have to be able to adopt a level of genuineness and depth that fake people don’t routinely have. A fake person generally never apologizes, but when they do, it is often followed with a “but” in the next breath.

4. Unrealistic Perceptions

Fake people most often have an unrealistic perception of the world—things that they want to portray to others (pseudo achievements, materialistic gains, or a made-up sense of happiness) or simply how they genuinely regard life outside themselves.

A lot of fake people hide pain, shame, and other underlying reasons in their behavior. This could explain why they can’t be authentic and/or have difficulties seeing their environment for the way it objectively is (both good and bad).

5. Love Attention

As I mentioned earlier, the biggest sign that something isn’t quite right with someone’s behavior can be established by how much they love attention. Are you being interrupted every time you speak by someone who wants to make sure that the spotlight gets reverted back to them? Is the focus always on them, no matter the topic? If yes, you’re probably dealing with a fake person.

6. People Pleaser

Appreciation feels nice but having everyone like you is even better. While it is completely unrealistic for most people to please everyone all the time, fake people seem to always say yes in pursuit of constant approval.


Now, this is a problem for two reasons. Firstly, these people are simply saying yes to things for their own satisfaction. Secondly, they often end up changing their minds or retracting their offer for one reason or another (“I would have loved to, but my grandmother suddenly fell ill.”), leaving you in the lurch for the 100th time this year.

7. Sarcasm and Cynicism

Behind the chronic pasted smile, fake people are well known for brewing resentment, jealousy, or anger. This is because, behind the postcard life, they are often unhappy. Sarcasm and cynicism are well known to act as a defense mechanism, sometimes even a diversion—anything so they can remain feeling on top of the world, whether it is through boosting themselves or bringing people down.

8. Crappy friend

Fake people are bad friends. They don’t listen to you, your feelings, and whatever news you might have to share. In fact, you might find yourself migrating away from them when you have exciting or bad news to share, knowing that it will always end up one way—their way. In addition, you might find that they’re not available when you truly need them or worse, cancel plans at the last minute.

It’s not unusual to hear that a fake person talks constantly behind people’s backs. Let’s be honest, if they do it to others, they’re doing it to you too. If your “friend” makes you feel bad constantly, trust me, they’re not achieving their purpose, and they’re simply not a good person to have around.

The sooner you learn to spot these fake people, the sooner you can meet meaningful individuals again.

How to Cope With Fake People Moving Forward?

It is important to remind yourself that you deserve more than what you’re getting. You are worthy, valuable, precious, and just as important as the next person.

There are many ways to manage fake people. Here are some tips on how to deal with them.


1. Boundaries

Keep your boundaries very clear. As explained in the book Unlock Your Resilience, boundaries are what keep you sane when the world tries to suffocate you. When fake people become emotional vampires, make sure to keep your distances, limit contact, and simply replace them with more valuable interactions.

2. Don’t Take Their Behavior Personally

Sadly, they most likely have behaved this way before they knew you and will continue much longer after you have moved on. It isn’t about you. It is about their inner need to meet a void that you are not responsible for. And in all honesty, unless you are a trained professional, you are unlikely to improve it anyway.

3. Be Upfront and Honest About How You Feel

If your “friend” has been hurtful or engaged in behaviors you struggle with, let them know—nicely, firmly, however you want, but let them know that they are affecting you. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, you’ll feel better and when you’re ready to move on, you’ll know you tried to reach out. Your conscience is clear.

4. Ask for Advice

If you’re unsure about what you’re seeing or feeling, ask for advice. Perhaps a relative, a good friend, or a colleague might have some input as to whether you are overreacting or seeing some genuine concerns.

Now, don’t confuse asking for advice with gossiping behind the fake person’s back because, in the end, you don’t want to stoop down to their level. However, a little reminder as to how to stay on your own wellness track can never hurt.

5. Dig Deeper

Now, this one, I offer with caution. If you are emotionally strong, up to it, guaranteed you won’t get sucked into it, and have the skills to manage, perhaps you could dig into the reasons a fake person is acting the way they do.

Have they suffered recent trauma? Have they been rejected all their lives? Is their self-esteem so low that they must resort to making themselves feel good in any way they can? Sometimes, having an understanding of a person’s behavior can help in processing it.


6. Practice Self-Care!

Clearly, putting some distance between the fake person and yourself is probably the way to go. However, sometimes, it takes time to get there. In the meantime, make sure to practice self-care, be gentle with yourself, and compensate with lots of positives!

Self-care can be as simple as taking a hot shower after talking to them or declining an invitation when you’re not feeling up to the challenge.

Spotting fake people isn’t too hard. They generally glow with wanna-be vibes. However, most often, there are reasons as to why they are like this. Calling their behavior might be the first step. Providing them with support might be the second. But if these don’t work, it’s time to stay away and surround yourself with the positivity that you deserve.

Final Thoughts

Remember that life is a rollercoaster. It has good moments, tough moments, and moments you wouldn’t change for the world. So, look around and make sure that you take the time to choose the right people to share it all with.

We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with, so take a good look around and choose wisely!

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