7 Ways You Can Show Gratitude

thank you cards with hearts and stars made with white cards

Life passes by so fast and so it is incredibly easy to forget to be thankful for all the awesome things what we are given in life. Studies have shown that consistently keeping track of what you are grateful for and acting on these feelings of appreciation can actually boost your immune system, making you healthier as well as happier.

To improve your life and the life of others, it is important to show true gratitude. Showing gratitude is much more than a thank you without further thought. In the spirit of showing ourselves and others that we care, today I am sharing 7 powerful ways to show gratitude in our lives.

Send thank you cards

Rather than saying a simple thank you, writing a handwritten note or sending a card shows extra effort and care to the other person. I mean who doesn’t love getting nice snail mail?

Ever since I was younger I have always written thank you cards after birthdays, thanking everyone for my gifts. I have continued to send thank you cards to loved ones. Especially with so much technology filling out lives, it is always great to put pen to paper and taking time out to write a personal message.

thank you cards with hearts and stars made with white cards

Start a gratitude journal

Practising the art of writing down what you are grateful for is so beneficial. It helps to improve your mood, as you are reflecting on what is positive in your life and what you are thankful for. I have recently started a gratitude journal and writing down what I am grateful for at the start of the day. It starts my day off on a positive note and sets the tone for the day.

A yellow b6 notebook with the quote the future is happy in silver foiling with multi coloured confetti

Surprise loved ones with gifts and kind gestures

Surprising loved ones like this not only makes them smile and feel good, but it makes you feel good too. Showing kind gestures or giving gifts shows your loved ones you were thinking of them. It also shows so much effort to surprise a loved one just simply because you wanted to show them you care, rather than for a specific occasion. Shopping for other people makes me happy, finding the perfect gift to make that person smile.

Donate to a charity or volunteer your time

I am very much the believer that there is always something to be grateful for, no matter how small. There is always someone who wishes they were lucky enough to have what you do. So where you can it is important to give back whether thats in a donation however small, or donate your time. Helping others in need is a great way to give back to your community. It may just be helping an elderly neighbour with shopping for example.

Pay it forward

There has been this movement called pay it forward, where you carry out a good deed or  a random act of kindness, for example helping someone with their shopping or surprising someone with a gift. Whatever the deed may be the person who receives the kindness should then pay it forward to another person. So the kindness and positivity spreads!

coloured pens with a small blue notebook with wooden stars and multi coloured confetti

Provide support, encouragement or skills

Showing your support or encouraging another person is a great way to show gratitude and be able to help others. Someone might be wavering over their abilities to achieve something and sometimes all that person needs is a little encouragement. Someone believing in them could be enough to help them achieve their goals. If someone asks a question is looking for advice on a topic you are skilled at, why not give them that advice? Spread that positivity and encouragement.

Be fully present

When spending time with loved ones, you should always be living in the moment. So stay off your phone and give that other person your full attention and appreciate their company. It is important to appreciate the time with we have with people. There is nothing worse than spending time with people who are glued to their phones.

These are some powerful ways you can show gratitude in your life. Gratitude is something you should always practise, even when things seem to be going wrong, you are feeling down or angry. Take the time to appreciate the little things and practise writing down what you are grateful for.

How do you show gratitude in your life? I’d love to hear in the comments.


72 thoughts on “7 Ways You Can Show Gratitude

  1. Such lovely ideas and I especially love the thank you cards, they’re so pretty! I started a gratitude journal at the beginning of the year and I’ve found it’s such a nice way to focus on the smaller things you’re grateful for as well as the big! x

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  2. Gratitude is so powerful & I love all the ways you’ve shared to express it. Recently – as part of a course I’m on – I had to do a gratitude ‘visit’ obviously I had to do this online, but the idea was to write a heartfelt letter of thanks to someone who deeply appreciate but maybe have never really expressed it and then to read the letter to them. It was really emotional but in a very good way, shame we couldn’t hug at the end but I still highly recommend it xx

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  3. Such a lovely post & something I am trying to do more of! Loved your ideas lovely, gratitude is the best way to enforce the law of attraction in your life✨ Would be fab if we could collab on a similar post together, my blog is – https://mollslifestyle.com I also went to uni in bournemouth lol😋x

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  4. Since my husband and I got married in 2012 we’ve lived in 3 different houses. Never before have we had neighbours as incredible as our next-door neighbours at our current house. With that in mind, we picked up a gift card for our local pizza place and left it for them in their mailbox in a thank you card. We figured everyone could use a little positivity right now and it was a great way to also bring some gratitude into our own lives by reflecting on something that we are SO thankful for!

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  5. This is such a lovely post to read!! I keep wanting to start a gratitude journal but then I doubt what I’m supposed to do so still haven’t done it. Feeling very inspired now, for sure!

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  6. I never thought of sending thank you cards! But that’s a nice idea! I like practicing gratitude by saying thank you a lot. Especially to my family and loved ones. 💖🙏🏻

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  7. I have always practised gratitude for as long as I remember, I write down things that I’m grateful for in my journal and let people around me know how much I value them. It makes such a huge impact on my life and also theirs, thank you for reminding to be grateful in our lives!

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  8. I might not send cards but I send thank you letters on a text. Awesome ways, I will share this with family and friends. Thank you for sharing it!

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  9. I love all of the different ways you can show gratitude. Big plus that it doesn’t need to cost a lot either. I am all for the journal. You get to reflect on a regular basis and look for the good in life around you. Oooh! I like being fully present too! We need to stop being so glued to our phones when we are around others or unique experiences.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  10. I love this! A very kind lady paid for my shopping a few weeks ago when my card wouldn’t work (turned out it had expired!!), so I’ve decided I’m going to pay it forward by helping someone else if I ever see them in difficulty 🙂

    – charlotte / charlottesspace.com

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  11. I love your tips on reaching out and showing gratitude. Sending inspiring or beautifully illustrated cards with something thoughtful written inside is my favorite way of saying ‘thank you’, but I love that you have ideas for everyone on your list. 🙂

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  12. Never been one for cards really, but the kids enjoy making hand-drawn/written thank you cards and send them all the time. “Paying it forward” is great when you can.. A lot of times it’s much more satisfying doing something for someone else than it is to have something done for you.

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  13. These are all such great ways to show gratitude. I especially like sending out thank you cards. I always feel like a hand written card is a great way to show your appreciation for someone or for something they have done for you!

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  14. These are all really good suggestions Lauren! I love surprising people with gifts and little treats. Besides that, I try my best to pay it forward and be a good support to those who need, whether physical support if they need groceries of emotional! ❤️

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  15. Every now and then i write down what I am grateful and positive things that have happened, I find it a great way to stay postie when I am feeling down. I love sending surprise gifts, especially during lockdown! Amazon is great for sending gifts! I have never heard of Pay it forward but I love that idea. This is a great post! xx

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