Showing your gratitude to others is one of the most desirable attributes that you can have. Furthermore, it offers benefits to your own life by teaching you to be more grateful for what you have, as well as making you a happier person. Plus, being grateful really doesn’t cost you much – if anything – at all. Here are some simple ways to express your gratitude to others.

Learn to Say Thank You

The easiest way to express your gratitude to someone who did something nice for you is to tell them ‘thank you’. For example, you should thank people when they give you a gift, offer you their well-wishes when you are sick or going through a tough time, invite you for an event or outing, or simply reach out to connect with you. A quick thank you will let them know that their thoughtful acts are appreciated. Even though it might seem a bit old fashioned, don’t overlook the power of sending someone a handwritten thank you note for an especially kind/generous act.

Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone. - Gertrude Stein

Include Others When You Make Plans

If a friend or family member has invited you to join them for events and outings, then you should reciprocate when you are planning something that they might be interested in doing. First, inviting them will be the polite thing to do. It’s another way of letting them know that you appreciate that they have included you in their previous plans. Secondly, if you aren’t the kind of person who extends an invitation to your friends, then there’s a good chance that your friends could stop inviting you. You don’t have to invite someone to do an expensive outing. You could do something as simple as invite a friend to grab a cup of coffee with you. Oftentimes, it makes people feel good when they get invited to do something – even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal.

Cook/Buy a Meal for Someone

Most people live busy lives. Therefore, it can be hard to find time to cook or even think up meals to prepare. If you know someone who has been especially busy, you can really show your gratitude toward them by cooking or preparing a meal for them – so they don’t have to order food or cook. For example, you could do something relatively easy and inexpensive, like dropping off a friend’s favorite fast food during their lunch hour at work. You could also drop food off at someone’s house after they get home from a busy day, so they don’t have to worry about dinner.

Think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flames within us. - Albert Schweitzer

Drop a Quick Line to Say Hello

Many people go through periods in their life where they feel lonely and disconnected from friends and loved ones. Therefore, letting someone know that you have been thinking about them can mean a lot. For example, you could call to say a quick hello to see how they’ve been doing. If you or they don’t have time for a phone call, you could send an email – or even just a text. A lot of people really appreciate it when a friend or family member reaches out to them like that.

Offer Your Help to Someone in Need

One of the biggest ways that you can express your gratitude to someone in need is to ask them if there is anything you can do to help them. Even if someone doesn’t take you up on your offer to assist them, they will likely appreciate your kindness. For example, let’s say that your friend is moving to a new apartment. You could offer to help them pack and move their stuff. You could also do something like offer to help out a co-worker who has been overwhelmed with work.

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. - Henri Frederic Amiel

In short, if you appreciate it when others do nice things for you, then you should take the time to show your appreciation to them. You should always tell people ‘thank you’ whenever they do something nice for you. Furthermore, try to include others in your plans – even if your plans aren’t for anything that big. Many people appreciate when you cook or buy a meal for them. People definitely appreciate it when you reach out to them to see how they’ve been doing. Lastly, you can really show your gratitude to someone by offering to help them with a project or task.

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