We all know how to say, ‘thank you’, but making it truly meaningful is a different story.
Showing your gratitude in a heartfelt way is an important part of building strong relationships with others, so taking the time to express your appreciation can be incredibly valuable.
If you want to express your thanks in an authentic and meaningful way, then these easy but powerful tips can help:
Speak From The Heart
Express your gratitude using words that come from a genuine place of appreciation and sincerity.
Don’t be afraid of getting a little vulnerable and letting the person know just how much their help meant to you.
- Thank you for thinking of me…
- Thanks for all your time lately…
- I appreciate you…
- I really respect your opinion on these things…
When someone does something for you, it’s important to let them know that you’re aware of what they’ve done. That it hasn’t gone unnoticed or unappreciated.
Let them know that you see them. You’ve noticed what they’ve done. Regardless of the size of the gesture, it’s always nice to be acknowledged.
- I noticed that you….
- I really appreciated how you…
- How you just took that on was amazing.
- You’ve always got my back and I never forget that.
- Thank you for going out of your way to….
- This must have taken a long time to….
- I appreciate the effort that you’ve gone to….
- It was so thoughtful of you to….
Communicate How It Helped & How It Made You Feel
Let them know why the gesture means so much to you. Take the time to explain why their action or gesture made such a difference to you and how it made you feel.
This is a powerful way of expressing your gratitude for someone’s help and support. Whether they’ve given you advice or helped in some other way, letting them know how their help has impacted you can mean a lot.
For example, let them know that it helped you feel less stressed or allowed you to be more productive in your work:
- I was so much less stressed with your help….
- Having you there with me made me feel supported.
- Taking that off my plate really helped me focus and get so much work done.
- Your advice really helped me to think more clearly….
- I can’t express just how much calmer I felt with you in my corner…
Put Your Thanks in Writing
Whether it’s a thoughtful note or letter, an email or a simple text message, there is someone extra special about putting a thank you in writing.
A handwritten note of appreciation can be cherished for years. Make sure it is sincere, personal, and specific about what you are grateful for.
Ask How You Too Can Help
Do something nice for the person who has helped you out; offer to run an errand, cook them a meal, take something ‘off their plate’.
It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, but returning the favor, if possible, helps the person also feel appreciated.
Give A Thoughtful Gift
This is not always necessary and will depend on the type of relationship you have, and the degree of the favor or what they have helped you with.
If, however, a gift is applicable in your situation, you could choose a gift that your recipient will enjoy and appreciate; it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant or expensive, but make sure it’s something special and meaningful.
Spend Time with Them
Again, this isn’t applicable in every situation, but sometimes it would be meaningful to the person you are thanking if you spend some quality time with them.
We sometimes forget in our busy lives, but even sitting and having a coffee with someone and spending quality one on one time, can be a great way to show meaningful thanks for what they mean to you.
How To Say Thank You Meaningfully
Never underestimate the power of gratitude!
No matter how you choose to express your gratitude, make sure your message is heartfelt and sincere. When done intentionally, and with the right attitude, saying thank you can be a powerful way to create meaningful connections and strengthen bonds.
Pick up the phone or send an email and show your appreciation with words that come from your heart. It’s sure to make someone feel special and appreciated!