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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 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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