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101 Ways to Express Thankfulness

Updated on August 30, 2017

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.

Blessings Poll

Thank you message with mints
Thank you message with mints

Who are you most thankful to have in your life?

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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)
  • xiè xie (Chinese, Mandarin)
  • hvala (Croatian)
  • toda (Hebrew)
  • gratias ago (Latin)
  • danke (German)
  • arigatô (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.

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.

Thank You Board, by meddygarnet, from Flickr
Thank You Board, by meddygarnet, from Flickr

Receiving Gifts Poll

How do you like to be thanked?

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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?

Thanksgiving Questions

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

Thank you for the present
Thank you for the present

Blessings Poll

What are you most thankful for?

See results

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?

Thank you for your comments! - We really appreciate what you have to say.

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    • MadScience profile imageAUTHOR

      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      @Brandi Bush: You're welcome! Thanks for commenting.

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      This is a very thoughtful lens! :) Thanks for sharing!

    • MadScience profile imageAUTHOR

      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you! Showing appreciate is an everyday task.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great ideas, not just for Thanksgiving time, but all year round.

    • MadScience profile imageAUTHOR

      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      @pawpaw911: It definitely is. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Very nicely done. Being thankful is very important.

    • MadScience profile imageAUTHOR

      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      @earthybirthymum: Thank you! You are right. Gratitude should be expressed all through the year.

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      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      @JoshK47: Thank you for the blessing! You have been such a wonderful SquidAngel.

    • earthybirthymum profile image


      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a lovely Lense. Being Mindful and grateful is something we should all do more of.

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      6 years ago

      I just love this time of year where everyone shows how thankful they are! Absolutely wonderful lens - blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      @ecogranny: I really appreciate the blessing. Thanks so much!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Lovely, absolutely lovely. Angel blessed.


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