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5 Ways to Show Gratitude

5 Ways to Show Gratitude

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.

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-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:

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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.”

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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.”

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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