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10 Ways to Express Our Gratitude

Updated on July 14, 2014

Say,"Thank You"

Thank you- How can two small simple words create such abundance in our lives?

Saying thank you is giving us an opportunity to acknowledge the gifts we've been given. When we truly express our gratitude for what we've been presented, good or bad, there is acceptance.

The power behind the universal phrase "thank you" is here. It is now.- "If the only prayer you ever say in your life is "thank you" that will be enough.- eloquently stated German philosopher Meister Eckhart.

Be Thoughtful

Acts of appreciation such as cleaning up the dinner dishes for a friend or family member shows consideration and thoughtfulness. Thinking of another's needs allows us to express our own gratitude for the meal they provided. When we reciprocate kindness with kindness we are physically acting out our gratitude. Being mindful of others shows we care and value them.

Invite your friend or loved one to do what you know they've always wanted to do. Make them cookies. Walk their dog. Pick up their favorite snack food at the grocery, purchase their movie ticket or grab the tab from a lunch date. Think of all the special ways you would like to be treated and then treat someone else.

Give Compliments

Giving a sincere compliment is like giving a hug. There will always be skills and attributes we admire in others. Instead of feeling envious or jealous, look inside yourself and appreciate that we are all given our own set of special talents. There are qualities we love in our friends and family which make them quirky and unique. Show how thankful you are to have such a one of a kind musician, ambitious athlete or genius mathematician in your midst.

Observe and study the faces of people around you. Compliment a stranger on their gorgeous smile. Look closely at the features of others. Notice their eyes, nose, mouth, any scars they may have, even the smallest hair of their eyebrows. Find one thing that is truly unique and fascinating. You will always discover something new to appreciate when you open your eyes to the beauty that surrounds you.

Share With Others

One of our earliest and most important life lessons learned as children is to share our belongings. Although some of us are more reluctant to share our wealth than others, we must appreciate the bounty we've been given. Share your harvest and you will always be supported by people when you need them most. Kindness meets kindness. When we understand the incredible gifts, value and fullness of what we have in our lives, we always have enough to share. We have enough. Think of those who may have less food or comforts than you. Contribute to those who are suffering. Share your knowledge and wisdom with children and grandchildren. Share a meal with a friend or buy one for a hungry stranger. Share your time with those less fortunate who need help. Share your home with an adopted or rescued pet.

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise someone with kindness. We appreciate the unexpected, especially when we've been having a bad day or thought no one noticed we were under the weather. Imagine your gratitude when you find your favorite chocolate bar stashed in your coat pocket. Imagine the joy of seeing a bouquet of flowers on your work desk. Do this for another right now.

Unexpectedly overhead, we stand in awe as a flock of geese fly in perfect formation. A butterfly lands in our hands. Above us a shooting star glazes a midnight sky. Appreciate the treasured surprises nature delivers us.

Surprise someone you love right now with a great big beautiful kiss!

Write a poem

"Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, "You owe me." Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky." -sage words of wisdom penned by Persian poet, Hafiz. Historians believe the beloved Sufi author lived sometime between 1310 and 1325.

Poems, essays, our own heartfelt verse or haiku allows us to freely express our gratitude for the beauty of being ALIVE!. Every morning we wake up with breath in our lungs should be our best moment. Look around you. Look at the world with awe. Write a sincere thank you note to the universe for the opportunity to experience its joy and wonder. Write a love letter to the sky. Write a love song for the birds to sing.

Snap photo's

Taking photographs is capturing a moment in time with our minds eye. When we want to show our appreciation for the beauty in the world and share that beauty with others we are giving them a gift from the depths of our soul. Painting, drawing or sketching a portrait or landscape is conveying our genuine gratitude for the overwhelming emotions inside all of us. Our art is how we see and express our breath-taking world. There will never be another moment quite like this one. Savor it..

Listen

Listen up. Do you want to know a secret? How would you like to be the most loved and sought after of all your friends, colleagues and relatives? You only need to be skilled in one technique. Listening. Nothing shows others you care and appreciate them more than the act of listening. How will you ever know what someone fears, hates or adores without them expressing it to you? How will you understand and empathize with someone if you don't allow them to speak? You can't. If you really want to get to know another human being beyond a superficial level you have to be an effective listener. Honor their words. Build trust. Listen, without interruption, without judgment.

Be There

Why do we so greatly appreciate the bond and special comfort companion animals unconditionally provide? Animals are always there for us. Silently, they stay by our side and let us feel what we need to feel without judgment. Most human beings require deeper consolation and healing than from words alone. We need stillness. We need silence to heal. Being there when someone needs you is showing your appreciation and gratitude for love and friendship beyond mere words. Knowing there is someone who loves us just the way we are can make all the difference in the world.

Give It All Away

One of the greatest and most selfless ways to show our gratitude is to give away something we cherish. We know if we give away a valued possession it will become a special keepsake for another person. Think of all of the wedding rings, dinner dishes, recipes and photo albums that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Perhaps you have a friend or loved one who hasn't read the coveted novel you've kept stashed inside your nightstand. Giving away something special without expecting anything in return allows us to show our sincere gratitude for others. Most importantly, giving away something we'd rather hold on to honors the natural laws of impermanence.

Nothing lasts forever.

Our time on the earth is sacred.

Enjoy this moment.

Show your gratitude now.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Eddy,

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I really look forward to reading your HUBS. Enjoy your weekend.

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    Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

    A great hub and thanks for sharing.

    Eddy.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    mariewj,

    Thank you so much for reading and responding. Your comments are very appreciated. Please, have a beautiful day.

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    mariewj 3 years ago

    This is a beautiful hub both with the sentiment behind it all and with how well it is written and illustrated too. I like to either write notes or make little handmade gifts as a way of expressing gratitude but I use a number of the other ways you mention too.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    FullOfLoveSites,

    Coming from someone like yourself who is such a lovely considerate writer, that is such a wonderful compliment. Thank you so much for reading and responding.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for reading and sharing, Liz. Among all of the expressions of gratitude you know I had to acknowledge companion animals. My "humans" are an amazingly gifted and diverse group but some of the greatest lessons I've learned and cherished have come loving animals. Peace to you and your family.

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    FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

    Lovely article! Sometimes we all forget to be thankful as we are all too preoccupied with our own lives. I hope your article will change all that -- we should stop and express out gratitude even in our little way, it means a lot for other people and for us as well. And oh, "thank you" too for sharing such an inspiring hub. :)

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    Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Such great tips. I was nodding my head in agreement as I read through them. I'm surprised that so many people don't realize the power that two simple words of Thank you has! It's the two words that show you aren't taking things for granted. I try to use them often and then reciprocate when possible. Voted up and shared!

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    You always find a way to bring a smile to my face. Here is my long distance hug for you now and to the beautiful twelve year old boy! I love and appreciate your comments so much! Thank you. Oh and the "Everyone Matters" video, it's deeply moving. It brings tears to my eyes to this day. "look at the sky, we so rarely look at the sky..." Aloha and peace to you always!

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for reading Chitrangada Sharan. You are absolutely correct regarding spreading joy. Your comment has brought me happiness. Have a beautiful day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Lisa, I have always loved your writing. But this...this brilliant masterpiece of yours just takes me to another dimension altogether. The video you chose was so perfect. Please don't take this in a wrong way...I just feel compelled to tell you that I wish the 12-year-old boy that I was could hold the hand of the 12-year-old girl you were and walk along a beach somewhere to the edge of the sunset. That would be the ultimate way I could thank you for your gift to me this morning. Aloha, dear friend.

    ~Joe

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    Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Wonderful hub, awesome pictures and such thoughtful suggestions to express our gratitude!

    Expressing gratitude makes our own self happy and satisfied, because spreading joy is the best gift one can give to someone.

    Truly beautiful thoughts in your hub--Thanks!

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Vinaya,

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Namaste.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

    If we don't know how to express gratitude, we will probably never know how to enjoy your life. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your heart and soul.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Thank you, Bill. You and I are on the same wave length, my friend. Even in the midst of sorrow or tragedy we have to stop and be grateful for what we have and the beauty we see in other people. We have to honor the power of nature. Peace to you and your family always.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Thank you for reading and writing such a beautiful poignant reminder, kidcrafts. "just the fact of being born is a gift in itself." -love it! Have a wonderful, peaceful week and thank you once again for your support and kindness.

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Great list, LKMore! It is so important to be grateful and I think not enough people are grateful! When you think of it, just the fact of being born is a gift in itself. What were the chance to be on this planet when you think of the odds. And than what a gift to see all the beauty the Earth has to offer! We shouldn't take everything for granted because each day is a gift as it is said in the video.

    I had a hard time to chose one subject in your pole because I do several of the things your suggest.... not all at the same time ;-)

    Great choice of pictures! Beautiful video!

    Thank you for sharing all those precious gifts and reminding us how important it is to express our gratitude!

    Have a great day!

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I love your list LK....and the pictures were beautiful.....well done. I wish more people would think to be grateful; life is so wonderful and people are remarkable.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Thank you, Flourish. Soon there will be a house full of family which allowed me to reflect on what I'm grateful. Have a happy and peaceful week.

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    These are lovely thoughts and ideas, simple yet not done often enough. I particularly like the compliments suggestion, recognizing someone's uniqueness and quirkiness and valuing that.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for your response JP. Please check your Fan Mail. Peace to you.

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    JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

    What else can I say.. Simply awesome!