How to Say Thank You and Make It Count
By Sandy Schroeder
Many of us will roast a turkey and fix a huge dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving, but we all need to say thank you to those around us on a regular basis. Friends, family and community members often make a difference for us every day.
Anne-Marie Botek really captured the thought recently in Aging Care. Here are some ideas on how to say thank you and make it count. We may assume everyone knows how we feel, but when we speak up and reach out we really spread those good feelings around.
Here are some good ways to say thank you.
Lend an ear - We are all busy, but taking a little time to listen to someone's troubles can lighten their load, and you may have solutions they need.
Tell them you love them - When you are close, you assume your family knows you care, but it never hurts to say so.
Picture your gratitude - Send a picture of you and your loved one sharing a special moment to remind them they count.
Fix their favorite foods - If you are doing the cooking, make sure you include their favorite foods.
Give them a gift with a hug - Find the perfect hat, bracelet or scarf and present it to them with a big hug.
Surprise them with a party - Create an occasion and invite all of their friends with each person taking a turn to say thank you to the guest of honor for all that they do.
Single them out with an honor - Donate a gift to their favorite charity or surprise them with an engraved gift that says thank you for all you do.
Write it down - Take the time and make the effort to find the perfect card and write a thank you note to let them know how special they are.
Bake their favorites - Chocolate chip muffins, apple pie or a banana loaf become sweet ways to say thank you.
Do the research - Take the time to find out what your friends and family really need. They may need some help at home or be short of funds. When you show up with help, you may be a lifesaver.
Spend some time - If a friend or neighbor is isolated, showing up with a plate of cookies and spending some time can do wonders for their day. You have just told them they count too.
Spread the word - If you have people who help you with cleaning, deliveries or other chores, speak up to endorse them and tell everyone what a great job they do.
Stay cool - The biggest thank you that you can give is your patience when your family members are struggling. They may be struggling and tired, but you can let them know you are there to help.
However you say thank you, remember to add a smile.
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