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How Do You Say Thank You Meaningfully?


We're taught from a young age to say thank you. It’s the polite thing to do! We teach our children how to say thank you, and we expect them to do so when they receive gifts or other kindnesses from others.  

 But what about those times when it's hard? What about those times when there are no words that seem adequate for conveying gratitude? Is anything enough? In this blog post, we'll talk about how to say thank you in a meaningful way.

Why Should We Say Thank You?

We should say thank you because it's a polite, respectful thing to do. In addition, it shows appreciation for another person taking time out of their day or week or life to spend with us. Most importantly, saying thank you is simply an act of kindness that can change someone else's entire perspective on a situation and even the world.

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A letter that says "thank you."

When Is It Appropriate To Say Thank You?

Saying thank you is appropriate at any time and in almost any situation. It may not be necessary to say it every day if we're already expressing our gratitude through loving actions, but saying thank you when there's nothing else that can show how much we appreciate someone can go a long way.

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Mistakes You Need To Avoid When Saying Thank You

If we're not careful, saying "thank you" can turn into an empty gesture. Saying it without thinking about the person or situation makes us seem like we don't actually appreciate them (or what they've done). That's why there are some mistakes you need to avoid when saying thank you, including:

Forgetting To Say Thanks At All

If we don't say thank you, then we're taking the other person and what they've done for granted. We need to be thankful; otherwise, we'll never truly appreciate anyone else's kindnesses.

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Waiting Too Long

If we don't say thank you right away, then the gesture is lost. If someone does something nice for us and it takes weeks or months to say thanks, then most people will feel like saying thank you was just an obligatory thing that had to be done (and not a sincere expression of our gratitude).

Saying Thank You Too Much

Sometimes, people overdo it when expressing gratitude because they feel obligated to give thanks every time someone does something nice for them or helps them out in some way. This takes away from how meaningful each act of kindness was. The more often that our actions are repeated, the less impactful they become.

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Two guys high fiving thanks.

Top 20 Ways To Say Thank You Meaningfully

If you're looking for the best ways to tell someone how much you care, we've got you covered. Here are the top 20 ways to say thank you meaningfully. 

 1) Thank you so much for the time you put into our relationship. I feel so thankful that you're a part of my life. 

 2) Thank you for listening to me when I was in need. You're the best friend that anyone could ever ask for! 

 3) It's rare that good friends like you come along, and I'm really grateful to have you in my life. 

 4) You mean the world to me! Thank you so much for being there for me. 

 5) I don't have the words to say how thankful I am for everything you've done, but please know that my life is better because of it. 

 6) You're simply the best! Thanks so much for always being there for me. 

 7) I don't know what I'd do without you. I appreciate you so much! 

 8) I'm so lucky to have met someone as wonderful as you. You really brighten up my life each day. 

 9) It's rare that good friends like you come along, but I'm so glad they all seem to be coming at once - it feels great! *wink* 

 10) Thank goodness for your natural talent for helping others out because otherwise, we would've been stuck in that mess. 

 11) You're the best! Thank you for everything you do for our friends and me. I don't know what we would've done without your help! 

 12) I just want to thank you again for all of your help. I don't know what I did to deserve a friend like you! 

 13) Thank you so much for always helping out around the house when it's needed most (and sometimes even when it isn't). You make life a lot easier. Thanks again. We appreciate all that you do here at home! 

 14) Thanks again for making time to hang out with me. I know you're busy, but it means a lot to me that you would spend some of your free time with me! 

 15) Thanks for always being there when we need help unpacking all the groceries from our latest shopping trip. It really helps cut down on prep and clean-up times - which is great since cooking isn't exactly my favorite thing (or yours either). 

 16) Thank you so much for helping us put together this event tonight. It wouldn't have been as successful without all of your hard work. We appreciate everything that you contributed! *group hug*. 

 17) We've known each other forever now, and although sometimes we fight more than anything else in the world, I'm just happy knowing that no matter what, we'll always be friends. *hug* 

 18) I'm so grateful that you're such a good friend to me because it's rare for me to find someone who understands and appreciates all of my quirks like you do. Thank you! 

 19) We've been together since the beginning - I don't know what I'd ever do without your friendship by my side! You are simply irreplaceable in every way, shape, or form possible. Thanks again for being there through thick and thin. Have an amazing day today (and every day)! 

 20) There is no other person on this planet quite like you; thank goodness too; otherwise, life would get boring pretty quick here :-). Thanks for everything you do!

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A family hugging, thankful for each other.

However You Say Thank You, Make Sure You Say It!

So next time you want to say thank you in a meaningful way, just remember the power of a gesture. It doesn't matter if it's an email, a phone call, or an automated, handwritten card from Simply Noted. As long as your tone is sincere and conveys how much you care about that person, there will be no mistaking your gratitude for them because they'll feel it too!

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