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It’s so easy as we move about our day to forget to recognize people in our lives. Whether it’s a teacher, coworker, friend or relative, too many times we don’t stop to show gratitude for what they do for us.
Did you know that it’s equally as easy during the course of our day to do something nice for someone? Taking the time to show gratitude for others not only makes the other person feel appreciated, but it also does so much for our own soul and well-being.
Not sure where to start? Below are a list of 10 things that you can do to show gratitude to others:
- Say ‘Thank you’ – Seems simple, right? We all know it’s important to say ‘Thank you’ when someone does something for us, but what about saying ‘Thank you’ for no reason at all? Think of how special someone will feel if you tell them, ‘Thank you for being you.’
- A Simple Note – Remember the days when someone would actually sit down and hand-write a letter? Me neither! Let’s make a pact to bring it back! Taking a few moments to hand-write a letter and send it through ‘snail mail’ would be such a great surprise to the person receiving it! Simply say ‘hello’, or ‘just wanted to say thank you for being my friend’.
- Post-It Notes – You mean office supplies?? YES! Take a post it note and put someone where someone would never expect it! Write ‘Have a good day’ and post it in the car. Write SMILE and post it to the mirror. Write ‘I Love You!’ and put it in their lunch!
- Share some wine – (or any other beverage you choose, such as coffee or lemonade) – The point is to invite someone over for no reason at all! Share the bottle of wine and have some conversation (with or without kids running around!) By taking the time to just sit and have conversation with no excuse of a play date, or needing to do something. Just to come talk! Sounds amazing, right?!
- Give compliments – It’s always nice to give compliments on a special day, like your husband telling you that you look beautiful on date night. However, what I am talking about is random compliments. Examples could be telling a bank teller that you like her hair, or his shirt. You could tell the checkout clerk that they are doing a great job. Or you could thank your mail person for always bringing you the mail on time!
- Food Delivery! – Make someone one’s favorite meal or snack and take it to them FOR NO REASON! If you’re like me (a not-so-great cook), you can go to the store and get something , and that’s OK too! It’s the gesture of thinking of someone enough to go out of your way to do something nice. (Hint: It doesn’t even have to be their favorite food! Any food would work!)
- Gratitude Journal/Jar – Start a gratitude journal or jar. Each day write down something that you are grateful for and put it in the journal or on a piece of paper in the jar. Watch the blessings pile up. On those days when you are feeling down and need a little pick-me-up, head to the gratitude journal/jar and read a few. It’s guaranteed to give you a boost!
- Pay for someone’s coffee/meal – Paying an extra $5 at Starbuck or offering to pay for the order behind you are ways to accomplish this. If you have the means and are willing, you can also pay for a strangers dinner at a restaurant. It can be known who are you are or you can do is anonymously, it’s up to you. Either way, I guarantee that you put a smile on someone’s face!
- Do something thoughtful – This one is vague and meant to be! Think about something that someone could do for you that you think is thoughtful. It could be something simple or complex, and do that thing for someone else! They may (or may not) appreciate it as much as if someone did if for you, but I guarantee that you will feel better when you’re done!
- Hug! – Take a moment out of your day and hug someone! It’s shouldn’t be a quick ‘What’s up?’ hug, but a deliberate one. When my son was little he always hug every friend. We called him the ‘overly excited hugger’ because he would knock is friends over with his hugs! My other son, at 11-years-old, still hugs his buddies when greeting them. These boys set an example for me that the moment is always right to give a hug!
10-day Gratitude Challenge!
If you are as motivated as I am to show gratitude for those you care about, take the 10-day Gratitude Challenge with me! For the next 10-days do each of these things listed and see what happens! If you miss one, or do one twice, it doesn’t matter. The point is show to gratitude to others! To make it easier for your, click here to print the list and hang it in a convenient spot for you to remind you! If it takes you longer than 10-days to complete the challenge, it’s OK! The point it to just do it!