20 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude This Year

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Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Lori Geurin

Looking for a simple way to improve your health, reduce stress, and enhance your relationships? Practicing gratitude is one of the most powerful methods you can use to upgrade your life. And even better, improve someone else’s too!

Below are 20 ways to show gratitude to family, friends, and co-workers. When you make gratitude a part of your life you’ll find yourself feeling lighter, happier, less stressed, and freer from the FOMO (fear of missing out).

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Here are 20 simple ways to express gratitude, change your life (and someone else’s) today.

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20 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude

1. Offer to help out when you notice someone is struggling. Ask what you can do to help ease their load.

2. Clean up after yourself.

3. Be an encourager to friends and family. Everyone needs someone to believe in them and appreciate what makes them truly unique.

4. Avoid criticizing traits that annoy you and do your best to focus on their positive qualities.

5. Buy them a green smoothie, tea, or coffee, just because.

6. Smile more.

7. Practice patience, especially when you’re in a rush.

8. Remain calm in a stressful situation.

9. Write a short note or letter sharing something you love about your friend or family member.

10. Give hugs freely (as long as they’re welcome).

11. Learn how to be a great listener and really pay attention to what is being said. Ask clarifying questions to make sure you understand.

Related: 7 Ways To Be A Better Communicator

12. Tell them you appreciate their honesty, even when it’s hard to hear.

13. Keep a gratitude journal. Wondering how to start? Here are 10 Tips For Keeping A Gratitude Journal to get you started.

14. Remember loved one’s birthdays and anniversaries with a text, e-card, or phone call.

15. Be mindful of your self-talk and challenge negative thought patterns.

My favorite book on this topic is What To Say When You Talk To Yourself. A quick read and the best advice you can put into action right now.

16. Share a blog article with a friend (maybe this one?)

17. Forgive someone. Remember that forgiveness does not necessarily mean you excuse or accept the behavior. But it can help you move past a painful memory to heal.

18. Keep an open mind and avoid being judgmental.

19. Take a relaxing gratitude walk in nature.

20. Believe the best about others and give them the benefit of the doubt.

If you’re looking for more quotes about gratitude don’t miss the 25 Best Thanksgiving Quotes To Inspire Gratitude.

Now let’s take a quick look at how being grateful can boost your health and wellness.

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Benefits Of Gratitude

Expressing gratitude can improve your life in so many ways! Here are 10 of the many benefits of gratitude.

1. Enhances sleep

2. Reduces stress

3. Improves positive emotions

4. Reduces aggression

5. Enhances friendships

6. Causes people to be less materialistic

7. Improves heart health

8. Enhances satisfaction in romantic relationships

Related: 8 Ways To Improve Communication Skills

9. Boosts energy

10. Reduces blood pressure


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20 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about how practicing gratitude is so good for you! Not only is it great for your heart, blood sugar, and mood, but it’s one of the best ways to enhance your relationships too.

There are endless ways to show your gratitude, including the 20 listed above.

For more the gratitude lifestyle, don’t miss 10 Proven Benefits Of Gratitude.

And for more great ideas on how to flex that attitude of gratitude be sure to check out 20 Easy Ways To Express Gratitude.

Want to start a daily gratitude practice? Check out our Gratitude Wellness Journal by clicking below.

What are your favorite ways to express gratitude? Share below!

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