The holiday season is replete with things to be grateful for. Quality time with friends and family, good food, laughter and merriment, and so much more. But have you ever had the experience of having a hard time really, sincerely being able to thank someone? It can be all easy to fall into the pattern of relying on a simple, trite “thanks” that doesn’t really communicate how thankful you may actually be.
So we would like to help you better express your thankfulness this holiday season, and we’re going to do so by providing you with a handy list of ideas of various creative ways to say “thank you.”
Some of us aren’t so great at conveying emotion face to face, but it can be much easier to take your time getting your feelings down on paper, and leaving a note somewhere where the person you want to thank will find it. Whether it’s for something big or a small gesture, if you want to convey sincere thanks in a way that will not only allow you ample time to compose your thoughts (unlike face-to-face interaction), but will last longer than a momentary interaction; the person you leave it for can save the note for as long as they wish and re-read it whenever they like and get those warm fuzzies from knowing they’re appreciated.
You can sign the note, but it can also be fun to leave it unsigned to make it somewhat anonymous. Granted, if the person knows your handwriting or has other context clues, they may figure it out anyway, but getting an anonymous note of gratitude can be quite nice.
What about when you’re fine talking out loud, but the person you want to thank isn’t nearby when you think of it? Well, that’s why phones exist. Don’t hesitate; if you have something that you think someone deserves thanks for, pick up the phone right now and give them a call. Once again, it doesn’t matter how big or small the gesture was; something as simple as doing some chores for you because you didn’t have the energy for it can still merit a heartfelt “thank you.”
It doesn’t even have to be for a specific act, gift, or any particular thing that happened recently. Sometimes you just need to thank a close friend or family member simply for being in your life, and giving them a long, affectionate, warm hug is a great way to show that appreciation. Just make sure they know it’s coming and are okay with hugs (not everyone is).
Don’t Forget about You!
You deserve to give yourself thanks as well. Take some time to relax, indulge in some good chocolate and a glass of wine (or something else you enjoy if that’s not your thing), take yourself on a solo date to your favorite restaurant, engage in a favored hobby or pastime, or even just lounge for an evening and binge on Netflix. One way or another, treat yourself, and tell yourself you deserve it.