Originally posted November 6, 2020
Hello all, happy holiday season! Can you believe we are already at the end of freakin November?? I can’t. This year has flown by. November is the time of year when the words thankful and gratitude are thrown around. It doesn’t have to just be a November thing. You can express gratitude to others all the time.
Especially with how the world is right now… showing gratitude for those around you can brighten a person’s shitty 2022. You could be the highlight of their year. I want to share 10 things you can do to help your friends, family, or even strangers you come into contact with.
It doesn’t have to break the bank to express yourself to others.
Send Handwritten Letters
I have started mailing letters and little trinkets back and forth with another blogger I met on Instagram. We both appreciate the handwritten letters or little stickers, keychains, or single tea packets we send each other.
It has brought us closer together over the past few months during the pandemic. I consider her one of my good friends. We talk almost every day on Facebook and never run out of things to talk about in our letters.
You don’t need to find a complete stranger to do this with. I spent many hours creating homemade birthday cards for my nephew, as well as my sister since they moved to South Carolina last year. It brings joy to my heart when I get that message or text that they received mail from me.
Writing a letter to someone you love is an easy, affordable way to express gratitude to others.
Give Geniune Compliments
I may not know how to accept them, but I sure do love giving them. I give compliments to random people all day. Standing in line waiting to check out at the grocery store tell the girl in front of you that you love her outfit.
Tell a guy that he has a beautiful smile. Let him think you are hitting on him. You most likely may never see him again. But he might just remember the random person who told him he had “a beautiful smile” years from now. You might have just made his day.
Tip Well For Good Service
This should be a no-brainer. Service workers work their butts off. They don’t get paid as much as others do hourly because they get tips… if they get tips.
If I don’t have a lot of money but I decide I am going to go out to eat as a treat I will order something a little less expensive just so I can leave a good tip. Especially if I had really great service.
Leaving a good tip ensures that the person served after you also gets the same amazing service you just had. You are essentially paying it forward.
Good feelings all around!
Celebrate Small/Big Achievements
I am supportive of any decisions my friends make and when I hear something is going their way I want to make sure they know to celebrate it. Be it big like getting a promotion or raise at work to something small like it’s day one of not drinking.
To some people, one day of having the self-control to not do something you have done for so long doesn’t mean much, but when my friends or family, hell even strangers post it’s day one of something. I will always celebrate it with them and I will celebrate every day after that.
Make it known to your friends that you are there for them and no matter how small or insignificant they think something is and that no one would care… They can always come to me because they do not need to downplay amazing things that happen in their life ever.
Pay It Forward
This happened to me and Mike at the beginning of the year at a Dunkin Donuts in Plant City. This absolutely made our day and wanted to keep the good feeling going, but there was no one behind us. Which is odd for a Dunkin Donuts… But we shared the sweet moment on Instagram.
That made us feel so good and we ended up paying for someone’s order at the gas station because they were short a few bucks. They can save their money.
Help A Stranger in Need
Another great way to express gratitude to others is by helping a complete stranger. You see someone struggling and you help them in any way you can. Getting something from the top shelf, listening to them tell you a story because they want someone to talk to, or giving a few bucks to help cover their order.
We all need help in one form or another. We are all just trying to survive especially in 2022 and could use some good juju headed our way because we were dealt a shitty hand in life. Just be more empathetic to others.
Ask to speak to the Manager
Don’t be a Karen… But Ask for their Supervisor or Manager when you have had an amazing service. Most Karens only want to speak to a manager when they have been wronged, but never when the service has been so above and beyond.
Ask to speak to the Manager and praise the hell out of that employee. It could be your voice that puts them in the running for a management position. Maybe with enough people praising they get a raise when it comes to their yearly review.
Just let them know how amazing they are and that their hard work is appreciated and then go let the manager know.
Make Them Their Favorite Food
Nothing brings people closer together than the common love for food. Finding out someone’s favorite food can be so easy. It can be really easy if you are known for talking about food a lot.
I only do this with Mike and Mikayla but I would love to branch out to do it with my friends and other family members. It is really special when they only eat on special occasions or when they can afford it. You just made their night.
My idea is to find out my friend’s favorite meal and then one night just call them and say don’t worry about dinner I got it covered. Then drop off their meal and leave. I don’t need to eat it with them. You enjoy it all on your own unless you would be lonely then I’ll stay.
It just makes me so happy when I am SUPER EXCITED about something but I think others will think it’s stupid, but someone comes up and asks me about it. Then I end up going on and on about it and they are just genuinely interested.
I have spoken about it before but giving someone your time means so much more than anything. It shows you are interested in them as a person and not what they could do for you. Giving your time makes genuine connections with people that are more than superficial.
Be There For Them
Letting the people close to you know that they could come to you with anything they have weighing on their mind and you would not judge or interrupt.
Hell, I even do that with strangers. I speak to them as if I had known them for years and learn more about them in 10 minutes than I would normally need to know. It is all about connections and letting people know they are not alone.
How do you express gratitude to others?
What are some things you would do or already do to express your love and appreciation to others? Has anyone done any of these for you? How did it make you feel? Let’s inspire each other to be better to each other more than just the holiday season. When we express ourselves to others that is the best thing we can do for each other in this time of need.
Until Next Time, Have a Great Day!