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How to Show Your Thanks During the Holiday Season

Audrey Murphy

As the holiday season nears and 2018 comes to a close, it is around this time that we like to reflect on all of the things that we’re grateful for. Whether you’re thankful for a friend, family member, teacher, or coach that has been there for you throughout the good times and the bad, taking the time to tell that person that you’re thankful for them will not only brighten their day, but it will let them know how much they mean to you — and that that feeling can last a lifetime. Here are a few ways to show someone that you appreciate their positive effect on your life.

 

  1. Tell them! A simple “I just wanted to let you know how much you mean to me” can convey boundless appreciation–– you’d be surprised. Plus, the face-to-face conversation will let them know that you’re sincere.

 

  1. If you and this person are close, presenting he or she with a small, thoughtful gift can show your appreciation in a unique, tangible way. Flowers are always in season and always welcomed by the recipient. However, if flowers are too cliché, or just not personal enough, try surprising this person with a handwritten card and a little plate of baked goods. Everyone loves homemade cookies just fresh from the oven. Or if you’re in the holiday spirit, try making gingerbread!

Recipe for gingerbread: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/7322/favorite-old-fashioned-gingerbread/

 

  1. Should your goal be make this person feel special, random acts of kindness are a great way to go. Send a “Thinking of you!” text or email to a family member that you haven’t seen in a while, or give your grandparents a call. For friends, pick up a snack/fun little gift for them if they’re stressed, or plan a trip with them that you’ve both always wanted to go on. Even a kind hug can go a long way. For coaches or teachers, let him or her know that you’re grateful for them with small a gift card to a coffee shop they enjoy, for example. Remember when purchasing a gift, the the price of the gift is not important. They will reciprocate your gratitude regardless.

 

Some things to acknowledge before choosing a way to show that you’re thankful:

 

  • Most people are trying to watch their unhealthy food intake, especially during the holiday season, so be careful not to overload anyone with cookies and cakes when the days are already filled with yummy treats.

 

  • It’s the thought that counts. For teachers and coaches, a card goes a very long way. If you go into any teachers’ office or classroom, you will almost always find a card from a past student stapled to the wall above their desk. No matter what, reading kind words from a student can help get through a difficult day.

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