Beyond Gratitude

» Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Appreciation, Thankfulness, Words of Wisdom | 0 comments

Beyond Gratitude

Gifts. We have all given then and chances are we have all received them. New “toys,” clothing, gift cards, checks, whatever they may be; they make us happy. After receiving your gift, did you remember to show your gratitude to the gift-giver?

You probably said, “Thank you,” if the present was given in-person. You may have thanked the giver with a phone call or an email. Those are excellent ways to begin to express your gratitude. However, to really give a special thank-you, you have to go a little “old school” in your response.

By “old school” I am referring to ways that gratitude was expressed long ago. Before social media, before computers and email, before phones. The way people thanked others in ages past, when communication involved in-person interactions or writing.

You may have guessed where I am going with this. 🙂

Dictionary.com defines gratitude as “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.” One synonym of this word is gratefulness, which means “warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received.” I really think we need Go Beyond Gratitude to Gratefulness when others take their time and their money to give you a gift, not matter how small or how large.

The next time someone does something kind for you or gets you a gift, here are some “old school” things you can do to show your deep appreciation of their kindness (or benefits) received:

  • Send a hand-written note. This could be a note-card, a letter on special stationary, or a sticky note stuck to a front door. Writing in your own handwriting adds a personal touch. (Even if the gift-giver lives with you, don’t forget to take the time to write a little thank-you to remind him or her that you are appreciative and thankful of them and their gift.
  • Send a card with a special little something inside. Sometimes little trinkets or bookmarks can bring a smile to someone’s day. Enclose a small little something in your next card and show a little extra gratefulness.
  • Don’t delay with your thank-you action. Have you ever gotten a thank-you for a birthday gift you gave more than two months after a party? Compare it to a time that you got one within days after. Did the time frame of their response make a difference? All thank-yous are appreciated, but those that are done in a timely manner help a person to feel really important to you. Those sent months after an event (or never) can leave a person feeling forgotten and unappreciated.


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