21 Ways to Express Gratitude

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1101777_sticky_notes-thanks-161Gratitude is more than listing what I’m grateful for. Sometimes actions are necessary.

Here are some actions you can take that say “Thank you.”

  1. Pray
  2. Write and send thank you notes
  3. Create an expression of your gratitude (a sculpture, a card, a song, a garden, a poem, a place mat)
  4. Donate to a charity/church in the name of someone you are grateful towards
  5. Express your appreciation for an employee and send it to their boss
  6. Look at sonogram and/or baby pictures of someone you love. (It could even be you.) Ponder the miracle of birth.
  7. Drop off food at a food bank
  8. Drop comparisons in the garbage can. Comparisons only feed envy and pride, sure killers of the thankful heart. Draw an actual picture of this. List the comparisons inside the can. When done, throw the list into the actual garbage can.
  9. Make a meal or part of a meal and deliver it to a shut-in or ill person or to someone just because
  10. Pull a name out of your address book; jot down 7 Things I Like About You and mail it to them today.
  11. Forgive someone because you’ve been forgiven much. Also because anger, resentment and bitterness block the flow of gratitude.
  12. Practice contentment. When a brain is filled with the “gimmees,” it is difficult to be appreciative of what you have now.
  13. Volunteer – “There but for the grace of God go I.”
  14. Do a Random Act of Kindness (RAK)
  15. Give away something that you don’t need but know someone else could really use
  16. Take flowers to the grave of a dear one. Thank God for their influence and ask Him to help you pass on the lessons you learned from them. Or give the flowers to someone living, but still do the preceding prayer.)
  17. Memorize a poem or song about gratitude or one that reminds you to be thankful. Recite/sing it daily for a week.
  18. Write a thank you note to yourself. List your many wonderful qualities. Why don’t you put it inside a beautiful card and mail it to yourself?
  19. Donate a magazine subscription to a young mom, an office you visit, or a child
  20. Lavish some special care on your pet(s). Every pet I’ve had has been a wonderful example of giving gratitude on a regular basis. (Well, except for the fish.)
  21. Don’t ask God for anything for a day. Instead spend the time thanking Him and praising Him.

I’m going to do #1: Pray. I’ll take 21 minutes and thank God for the people in my life, asking that He would bless them with spiritual growth, protection, and guidance and that He’d meet their every need.

How many on this list have you done?  I’ve done 10 of them.  I guess I have some actions to do this month.  🙂

What would you add to this list? How are you going to practice gratitude today? Share what happened when you did it.

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  • 1. doodah  |  . at .

    This is a great list! I’m going to print this out and do some of them this month. Thanks!

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  • 2. lynette  |  . at .

    Me too!

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  • 3. susan  |  . at .

    Me three! Maybe we can share what we did and what happened. 🙂

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  • 4. Patricia  |  . at .

    Love this gratitude list. Such easy things to do to enrich our lives and the lives of others.

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    • 5. Maureen  |  . at .

      Me five! I will take time to be thankful for all the wonderful things I have in my life!

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    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      Isn’t it cool that expressing gratitude, Patricia, doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time?

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  • 7. susan2009  |  . at .

    Maureen, sometime maybe report back what are some of the actual things you do. I might get some new ideas and it encourages me to read of such things.

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