101 Ways to Express Thankfulness
How to Say Thank You
Here you will find creative and different ways to say thank you and express gratitude.
Expressing thankfulness is important. Letting others know you appreciate them helps create harmony and balance in our relationships. We all want to know that are efforts are making a difference.
So tell your loved ones and the important people in your life that you are grateful by words, gifts, and other forms of gratitude. Keep reading to learn alternative ways of saying thanks, get some great thank you gift ideas, and to get inspired to show appreciation through actions.
Send Out Your Thanks
Write it, say it, express it. Try one or more of these ways to express your gratitude. These are the most common ways to let someone know you appreciate what they have done. Your thank you will have meaning if you say it from the heart.
- Write a thank you card.
- Write a thank you letter.
- Post it on Facebook or other social media for everyone to see.
- Take a thank you picture.
- Make a thank you video.
- Send a thank you email or electronic greeting card.
- Make a special thank you phone call.
- Post it in the newspaper.
"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."
- G.B. Stern
At a Loss for Words?
You feel it in your heart, you just don't know how to put it into the right words. This book will help you write the perfect thank you letter.
Tips for Writing a Thank You Card
Stumped on what to write? These tips will help you touch the heart of the person you want to thank.
- Ways to Say Thank You in a Card
When you are writing a meaningful thank you card to someone you care deeply about, your message should contain more than just a simple "thanks."
Who are you most thankful to have in your life?
Show Your Appreciation in the Kitchen
The best way to the heart is through the stomach. Let people know your gratitude by cooking for them. It can be a simple treat or a special meal. It is wonderful gesture to say thank you.
- Bake cookies
- Make a cake or a pie
- Send a casserole
- Cook dinner
Treat Someone to Dinner
Want to send a special thank you? Express your appreciation by treating them to dinner. A restaurant gift certificate is the best way to say thanks. That way the person can use the card when it is convenient for them.
Show Appreciation with Affection
Give affection to show someone you are grateful. Physical touch can be more meaningful than just words at time. Show your thanks with these acts of affection.
- A hug
- A kiss
- A pat on the back
- A high five
- A foot massage
- A back rub
A Thank You Plant
The words "Thank You" actually appear on the plant's leaf as it grows. A great gift that will last for years to come.
"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action."
- W.J. Cameron
Express Thanks without Spending Money
Short on cash but not short on gratitude? Show your thankfulness by doing something helpful for that person. Give the person you want to thank the royal treatment. Pamper him or her. Do some chores as a way of acknowledging your appreciation.
- Pamper the person you want to thank.
- Serve breakfast in bed.
- Do the dishes.
- Wash the car.
- Run errands.
- Do other chores.
How to Say Thank You in Other Languages
Gratitude is universal. Share your thanks in a multicultural way.
Say Thanks in Another Language
Here's a list of how to say "thanks" in other languages.
- merci (French)
- gracias (Spanish)
- asante (Swahili)
- shukran (Arabic)
- xiÃ¨ xie (Chinese, Mandarin)
- hvala (Croatian)
- toda (Hebrew)
- gratias ago (Latin)
- danke (German)
- arigatÃ´ (Japanese)
- kamsah hamnida (Korean)
- mahalo (Hawaiian)
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Thank You Cards
A beautiful card with heartfelt thoughts is a simple, but effective way to express thanks.
Different Ways to Say Thanks
Want to say something more than a simple thanks? Here are some different ways to phrase your thanks.
- I couldn't have done it without you.
- I appreciate you.
- Thanks a million
- I am grateful for what you do.
- I owe you one.
- I'm forever in your debt.
- Your graciousness is appreciated.
- Much obliged to you.
- Your generosity means so much.
- Your help meant the world to me.
- Your kindness will never be forgotten.
- Sincerest thanks
- Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
- Heartfelt gratitude
- My gratitude knows no bounds.
- Consider yourself heartily thanked.
- Words can never express my gratitude.
- I thank you most warmly.
- How can we ever thank you enough for all you've done.
Sentimental Thank You Gifts
These gifts are perfect for a touching thank you for someone special. And the gifts are keepsakes that will be a reminder to the recipient that will last.
One to give away, one to keep
Thank You in Sign Language
How to sign "thank you" in sign language.
"God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons."
- Jeremy Taylor
Say It In Song
These popular songs express gratitude. Say your thanks with these "Thank You" songs.
"Thank You" by Dido
"Thank You" by the Katinas
"Kind and Generous" by Natalie Merchant
"Thank You for Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold
If you are feeling creative, let these songs inspire you to write your own song of gratitude.
Creative Ways to Say Thanks
Express your thanks in a unique way.
- Write a heartfelt poem.
- Make a craft to show appreciation.
- Draw a picture of why you're grateful.
- Do an interpretive dance about your gratitude.
- Write a thank you song.
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
- William Arthur Ward
Send a Gift
Sending flowers, balloons, candy, or a gift basket is a traditional and well loved way to say thanks. The receiver will love the gift and it is an easy way to express gratitude.
Receiving Gifts Poll
How do you like to be thanked?
The Receiving End - Weigh in on Gratitude
How do you like to be thanked? What is the most meaningful way for someone to thank you? Which means more to you, words or gestures? Would you rather someone praise you out loud or do something special for you?
Which way of receiving gratitude touches you the most?
These boxes of questions will help get the ball rolling when you are discussing the things you are thankful for in your lives. They will help you realize how much you have to be grateful for.
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
- James Matthew Barrie
What are you most thankful for?
Teach the True Meaning of Thanksgiving
Children learn about giving thanks in a way that is easy for them to understand.
"On Thanksgiving I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy, especially because I realize that, following the tragedies of this year, it is all too real a possibility that they might not have been."
- Bobby Jindal
Tell us what you are thankful for. How do you say thanks? What are your blessings?