Gratitude: Pass It On

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By Chris Tobias

There’s nothing more rewarding — for yourself and those around you — than to live your life with an attitude of gratitude. Not only does being grateful for what you have make you a happier person — but it also shows others in your life just how much you value them. Here are some tips on how to show your gratitude toward others.

Thank People When They Do Something Nice for You

One of the easiest ways to express your gratitude to someone after they have done something nice for you is to simply tell them thank you. For instance, whenever someone gives you a gift, invites you to join them on an outing, or offers you their well wishes, you need to make it a point to personally thank them. By thanking them, you let them know that you appreciate their act of kindness and generosity. While handwriting a thank you note might sound a bit old fashion, don’t overlook its power in expressing gratitude. Most people consider a handwritten note more thoughtful than sending an electronic (text or email) message.

Include Others In Your Plans

Another way to express your gratitude to others is by including them in your plans. For example, you can likely think of someone to invite when you are planning an outing like catching a ballgame, attending a concert, or even just going out to eat at your favorite restaurant. Take the time to invite someone. Chances are, they will really appreciate you asking. It’s common for people to feel left out when all of their family and friends seem really busy. Therefore, you can make someone feel good by knowing that you want to include them in your plans.

Buy or Cook a Meal for Someone as a Thoughtful Gesture

Food is one of the best ways to warm someone’s heart, as well as show them how much you appreciate them. If you have a friend, family member, or colleague who has been especially busy, surprise them with a meal. For instance, if you know their favorite food, you could cook it for them or buy a meal from one of their favorite restaurants. Very few people will say no to a free meal. In fact, most people will feel really special after you take them time to cook or buy food for them.

Reach Out to Others

As mentioned, people can feel left out sometimes in life. Furthermore, it isn’t that uncommon for people to also get lonely — especially if they don’t have a lot of friends and/or family around. However, you have the power to make people feel cared for and appreciated by reaching out to them. If someone has been on your mind lately, give them a call and ask how they’ve been doing. Even doing someone as small as sending a text or email to let them know you care can mean a lot.

Lend a Helping Hand to Those in Need

Lastly, one of the best ways to show your gratitude toward others is by offering to help them when they have a need. For example, let’s say that a friend is moving to a new apartment. You could ask them if they need any help packing and moving. If you aren’t able to help them pack/move, you could offer to get them some moving boxes and packing material. Even if they decline your offer for assistance, they will likely still appreciate it. Plus, they might return the favor by helping you someday. In short, don’t go through life without expressing your gratitude for those who mean a lot to you. Take the time to tell others thank you when they do something nice for you, as well as include them in your plans. If you know someone who has had a lot on their plate lately, cook or buy them a meal. Furthermore, you should reach out to those who might be lonely and isolated from others. If you know someone who has a need, offer to help them meet it if you can.

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