Appreciating those around you. 21 Ways to show Gratitude.

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Introduction to Gratitude

With the holiday season upon us, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the theme at SusieBeWell is showing appreciation and gratitude to those around you. We believe healing comes from communication, finding your inner peace, and being able to appreciate the little things in life. Although appreciation stems from having a positive attitude, being able to articulate what you are grateful for to others helps build strong deep relationships.

Importance of Showing Gratitude

When was the last time you checked in with a friend or loved one to see how they’re doing? If there’s one thing recent world event have taught us, it’s the value of our personal relationships and the importance of staying connected even while at a distance. It can be a selfless act to offer praise and thanks, even when we don’t feel like it. We may be struggling, weary or feeling let down. 

But it is important for both parties when showing gratitude. Taking the time to remind yourself what to be grateful for often changes your attitude all together. In addition, the recipient of the gratitude feels that much better knowing they left a positive impact on your life. In this article we will discuss several ways to show gratitude, that will help the world heal and grow in cooperation.

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Ways to Show Gratitude and Thankfulness

7 Ways to Show Gratitude to People Who Love You

1. Share a specific story of something that loved one did for you, and how it made a difference in your life.

When was the last time you checked in with a friend or loved one to see how they’re doing? If there’s one thing recent world event have taught us, it’s the value of our personal relationships and the importance of staying connected even while at a distance. It can be a selfless act to offer praise and thanks, even when we don’t feel like it. We may be struggling, weary or feeling let down. 

But it is important for both parties when showing gratitude. Taking the time to remind yourself what to be grateful for often changes your attitude all together. In addition, the recipient of the gratitude feels that much better knowing they left a positive impact on your life. In this article we will discuss several ways to show gratitude, that will help the world heal and grow in cooperation.

2. Remind them that you are there if they ever need to talk, and they will have your full attention.

A lot of us have loved ones in our lives that we know are there for us, but a reminder never hurts. Amongst the haste of a busy work schedule and personal life, we tend to get lost in our thoughts and forget that we have support systems to help us. Reach out to those you support and remind them you are there for them.

3. Do something little but thoughtful for them—like clean up after Thanksgiving dinner!

Small acts of kindness go a long way and create an avalanche effect for more good in the world. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now would be a good time to see how you can help participate and make the holiday season that much more special!

4. Give them something of yours that you think they would enjoy, and let them know specifically why you want them to have it.

A lot of us tend to live in abundance when it comes to possessions. If you have something that gets little to no use, think about someone you care about who would get better use out of it. This is a gesture of kindness that good people will not forget.

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5. Invite them to do something you know they’ve always wanted to do.

If you know someone who wanted to try something but maybe has been too busy or intimidated, offer to join them. You never know what new experiences you can help someone try that will make a lasting impact on their life.

6. Compliment them on a talent, skill, or strength that you admire.

Show someone you care about gratitude by complimenting something about them that you admire. This can even be the way they make you feel, or the way they are there for you. Point out something that you have always appreciated about their wardrobe, attitude, or presence! Any sense of recognition goes a long way. 

7. Tell them the golden phrase: "You make the world a better place.”

Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves that we forget the positive impact that we make on the world. Reminding someone you care about that they make the world a better place is the kind of appreciation that can only come from a place of love.

7 Ways to Show Gratitude to People Who Love You

1. Completely listen to their point, hear their side out before you start thinking of rebuttals.

Opposing points often have a lot of new ideas, concepts, and storylines that you have never heard. Rather than being combative, approach challenging opinions with a cooperative attitude. This will help elevate the conversation.

2. Thank them for introducing you to a new perspective.

A lot of people around us are ‘yes-men’ and will tell us what we want to hear to avoid conflict. Appreciate those around you that will give you a true and honest take, no matter how much it may differ from how you feel. 

3. Name something you admire about their commitment to their beliefs.

Commitment in all forms is to be respected. Show gratitude towards opposing views by commending them on their commitment to their beliefs and values.

4. Do not disregard their point by telling them they’re wrong.

Avoid red herrings by hearing the other person’s point, and avoiding personal attacks towards the messenger or even the people involved in the disagreement.

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5. Challenge them right back to be the best they can be, with love and positive intentions.

Challenging viewpoints causes us to all learn and grow. Use the opportunity to promote positive change amongst the conversation and the people involved in the conversation. There are pleasant ways to approach a conversation with an opposing viewpoint. Trust your instinct and be mindful of your intentions. Make sure they are positive and the rest will fall into place.

6. If they inspired you to push outside your comfort zone, thank them for inspiring you to take a risk, and let them know how it paid off.

Sometimes situations perspectives and conversations that make us uncomfortable give us the most room to grow spiritually. Let them know how they pushed you out of your comfort zone, and the lessons you learned from this experience.

7. Introduce them to someone who may challenge them and help them grow, as they’ve done for you.

Opening up the conversation to new perspectives will improve communication and collective growth. Show appreciation for differing opinions by offering them new and outside-of-the box perspectives.

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7 Ways to Show Gratitude for Yourself

1. Make a list of recent accomplishments and ways you have impressed yourself.

In the mix of overthinking, personal goals, and reflections, it is easy to forget all that we have accomplished to get to this point. Make a list of the things you have done that you are proud of, and make it a routine to check that list and remind yourself of how far you have come!

2. Treat yourself to something you enjoy.

Take the time to give yourself the endorphine boost you deserve. Whether it be a treat or an episode of your favorite show, make sure you thank yourself with something you enjoy.

3. If someone compliments you, accept the compliment and thank them.

Do not overthink or doubt any copliments that come your way. That defeats the purpose of spreading love and positivity. When someone compliments you, accept it graciously.

4. Remind yourself of the things that you feel you are good at, or are proud of.

We all have a unique skillset and set of talents that we bring to the table. Whether you feel those talents are being fully utilized yet or not, remind yourself of some of those things you are good at. A pat on the back never hurt anyone, no matter who it comes from! Often times, this reminding may even encourage you to return to that hobby you had!

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5. Take an inventory of all the good things you’ve done for other people and the world.

Nothing is more fulfilling than spreading good positive vibrations to those around you. Whether you consider yourself a very giving person, or more of a recluse, reminding yourself of how you have helped others puts things into perspective. Remind yourself what it meant to both of you for you to be able to give time, wisdom, or a gift to a loved one. 

6. Be kind to yourself no matter how the day goes.

Quit overthinking whether you had a productive day or not. Sometimes the stress from the doubt and scrambled thoughts make our days even less productive! So stick to a system you trust, and make sure you are staying kind to yourself through the process. Be kind to yourself throughout the day, and do not be down on yourself when you miss the mark.

7. Bless loved ones with your presence

We all have people in our lives that love to have us around. From family members, to coworkers, to friends, there is someone out there that enjoys your acquaintance. Show gratitude for your relationships by giving yourself and that individual some personable time. Both of you can benefit from spending time together!

Closing Notes On Gratitude

Grace and gratitude are things that help leave a lasting positive impact on our lives. In the minutia of a work day, it can be easy to forget how important it is to be grateful. This holiday season is the perfect time to show appreciation for those around you. Hopefully this list has given you some ideas on how to show gratitude the next time you see a loved one! Thank you for reading and stay blessed!

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