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It’s important to show gratitude to those we care about, especially during the holidays. I’m discussing different ways of How to Show Gratitude to friends & family with an assist from Hallmark Greeting Cards!
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How to Show Gratitude
Hello Everyone, it’s the time of year where we have a large concentration of holidays and gatherings which I consider endless opportunities to show gratitude to all. It’s a busy, frantic time of year but it’s important to take time to make sure gratitude is expressed to our friends, family and anyone else we want to show it to! Let’s start with the definition of Gratitude (noun):
“the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
I will say this, you do not have to wait to show gratitude when someone does something or is kind to you. Kindness has a way of spreading when we show gratitude unprompted.
My How to Show Gratitude List
I have come up with a list of ways to show gratitude throughout the holiday season and any time of year. #1 – Write “Thank You” Notes I am starting off with the most obvious way to show gratitude any time of the year when you want to give thanks for something. I want to add that there’s an optimal window of time to send a thank you note which is immediately when you want to show gratitude to 1-2 weeks later. I think the rule of later is better than never holds up, too. You get bonus points if the thank you notes are handwritten. You can use those cool calligraphy pens. I personally keep a set for such occasions but I’m a total office supply hoarder!
#2 – Give Flowers This is a step up from – and can be in addition to – a thank you note. Flowers or a succulent plant (below) are a nice host/hostess gift to give. I would go with seasonal flowers or if you know the favorite flower of the person you are giving them to, that is ideal.
There are a lot of people out there that would not buy flowers for themselves but love to get them (myself included). Perhaps they haven’t received flowers in awhile…just think, YOU could be that person to brighten their day and make them feel appreciated.
#3 – Give Food or Drink It can be something you make, like a meal for that person (if you have the time) or it can be a store-bought food item. Take time to find out what the person likes to eat which makes the food gift all the more thoughtful. Maybe it’s a favorite type of candy, cheese, bread or dessert.
Personally, I love it when people bring food or beverages over for dinner or otherwise. Some options can include, sparkling water, cider or another type of drink is great too! #4 – Give Your Time That’s the ultimate sacrifice, isn’t it? Our time? You can do a yoga class together or some other kind of class, it could be a crafting class, too. It’s easy to buy something but to give our time, well that’s on a whole other level. For example, I went to a ceramics studio with my other mom friends once and it was so much fun and we each brought home something we made. The best part was that we all left the experience with gratitude for our friendships. #5 – Remember People Around the Holidays & Special Events A great way to show gratitude is remembering people around holidays and special events like birthdays. Sometimes holidays can make some people feel lonely and isolated. It’s good to get outside ourselves and spread some holiday cheer. I love these unique Hallmark Greeting Cards, they are so detailed and special. My daughter was just starring at the Christmas scene in the Hallmark Paper Wonder Card we got from Walmart. These Hallmark Cards would definitely be incredible to be on the receiving end of this holiday season. You can also include a gift card or present along with the card. Perhaps they would like a piece of art or an experience, for example, a concert or comedy show. You could also send a care package if the person lives far away. This is a nice way to connect with someone who lives far away. Think of all the things they might like and package some up in a box and send it off!
I’m a total stationary collector/nerd and was excited to learn about some coupons on Hallmark Paper Wonder Cards and Hallmark Signature Cards at Walmart and I want to share those with you. I’ve seen the whole collection and the quality and detail is amazing:
- You can buy 2 Hallmark Cards and get one free with an in-aisle coupon right at Walmart (offer available through 12/25/18 or while supplies last)
I also found more Hallmark Signature cards in the greeting card aisle at Walmart.
I think of gratitude as shining a light on someone and highlighting why you care about them and how much they mean to you. It’s always a good thing to do and the best part is that gratitude is infectious and spreads – the more you give, the more you get. So if anything, even for selfish reasons, it’s important show gratitude. It has this way of coming back around 🙂
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Do you have some other ways of showing gratitude that you like? Please let me know in the comments below! Thank you for reading and following along! Best Wishes, ~Sara
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