Jen Rulon

Five Positive Ways to Express Your Gratitude

Expressing gratitude can be difficult for some people. Often, gratitude is mixed in with other feelings like jealousy, envy, embarrassment, or insecurity. Why? Because it can be humbling to admit that we need help from others.

It is essential to realize that expressing gratitude does not mean you are weaker or inferior. On the contrary, gratitude expresses your appreciation and shows the respect you have for others.

By focusing on an attitude of gratitude, you’ll find that it’s much easier to express how you feel. Plus, people will be far more willing to help someone who respects and appreciates them.

Here are Five Ways to Express Gratitude:

1. Keep it simple. Just say it instead of thinking about how best to express your thanks. Tell the person “Thank you” or “I appreciate it” and let that end. Gratitude can be easily expressed just as long as it’s genuine. Expressing gratitude is as important as anything else in your relationships because it builds trust and respect.

2. Write a letter. Sometimes the best thing we can do is use the power of the written word to express our thanks. Get a thank you card or a piece of stationery and write a letter. It’s one of the most personal ways of expressing gratitude nowadays, especially since few people take the time to write by hand. Again, you can keep it simple by letting the person know you appreciate them. You can hand-deliver the letter or drop it in the mail so that it can be a pleasant surprise between the stack of junk mail and bills.

3. Give a gift. When someone does something nice for you, an excellent way to express appreciation is to give a small “thank you” present. This doesn’t have to be costly or extravagant, just something that shows you appreciate what they have done for you. For instance, you might give a coffee lover a gift certificate to their favorite coffee shop or buy a chocolate lover a gourmet piece of chocolate. It’s a simple gesture that can go a long way.

4. Return the favor. If someone has done something nice for you, a simple way to show appreciation is to return the favor by giving your time. For instance, if someone has helped you during a time of need, tell them that you want to take them to lunch, dinner, or dessert for being such an instrumental person in your life. This lets them know you appreciate them and gives you a chance to chat and grow closer.

5. Tell others. In the presence of the person or people you wish to thank, share your gratitude with others. Public appreciation is critical because it shows how much you appreciate and care for others. This will also help you overcome any insecurities, jealousy, or anger because you are putting others first.

Gratitude is essential to all relationships, so today, let go of your fears and say “Thanks!” to all those around you!

So much gratitude to you today and every day!

AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I have been coaching triathletes, runners, and cyclists for over 21+ years; I received my Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. And as you may have learned, there is more to life than swimming, biking, and running. It is a lifestyle, and I am here to help you cross that finish line with a smile, whether it is an Ironman Triathlon or the Ironman of Life. You can find my knowledge shared in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Southwest Research Institute Human Performance Summit, Training Peaks Workshops, "Self Motivation Strategies for Women" on Amazon, Men's Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach—she's a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 14, 2017.

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