How to Appreciate Your Family and Friends

by Lisa H.

Boy standing with "Welcome Home Daddy" sign“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” William Arthur Ward

This is the second post in the three part series profiling the 10 best ways to show your appreciation. We all have family and friends who have helped us in one way or another, and it is nice to show them that we appreciate the things that they do for us and the value that they have added to our lives.

So without waiting any further, let’s look at some ways you can do this.

Gratitude tip #2: Shower your sweetie with gratitude

1. When your sweetie helps with the household chores, avoid taking it for granted simply because you do your share of chores also. Show your appreciation by thanking them. You could say something like “Thank you for doing the dishes. I really appreciate it! It gave me some time to relax.”

2. Even when your sweetie messes up something they’re trying to do for you, remember it’s the thought that counts. For example, if the food is a little overcooked, be sure to thank them, even if you decide not to eat it.

3. If your spouse calls to say that he or she will be late, rather than getting upset, be thankful that they let you know about it. You might try saying something like “Thanks for calling to let me know.”

4. When you see that your life mate is really beat, offer to do his or her chores rather than waiting to be asked.

5. Leave Thank You notes where your sweetie will find them during the day. Thank them for anything and everything.

One of the great things about this is that once you start showing your appreciation to your main squeeze, it increases the chances of him or her responding by showing more gratitude to you!

Gratitude tip #3: Let your children know you appreciate them

Your children also need to see, hear, and feel your gratitude. Not only are you teaching them manners, like “Please” and “Thank you,” but you’re also nurturing them to grow into strong, secure adults who show their own gratitude toward others.

Use these tips to show gratitude to your children:

1. Say “Thank you” every time they hand you something, do you a favor, or listen to instructions.

2. Let hugs, kisses, compliments and rewards be plentiful:

You might say things like:

  • Thank you! Great job.
  • I love the way you did that. Thank you.
  • You were so sweet to help me sort the laundry. Thanks.
  • Thank you for helping me cook dinner. Now we can enjoy our meal together.
  • Thank you for helping me clean the house! Thanks to you, I can get some time to relax!
  • Thank you for being you. I love you just the way you are!
  • I’m so happy we get to spend the day together!
  • I’m so glad you’re my son!
  • I love having these Mother/Daughter days! It’s so fun being with you!

3. Thank and congratulate them for their wise choices when they make good decisions.

Gratitude tip #4: Thank your parents

It’s important to show gratitude to your parents for their love and support throughout the years. You became who you are today because of the sacrifices your parents made for you.

1. If you live far away, make the effort to call or visit them often.

2. Talk about your fond memories and how you appreciate those experiences.

3. Offer to do things for them, like their yard maintenance or shopping.

4. Cook a nice dinner or go out to eat with them frequently.

5. Give hugs, kisses and compliments abundantly.

Gratitude tip #5: Show gratitude to your friends

As with other relationships, your friendships must also be nurtured. Even if you think that your friends already know how much you care for them, it’s still important to express it through words and actions.

1. Remember to say “Thank you” for their kind thoughts and deeds.

2. Try to be there when they need you. In this way, you’re showing your gratitude through your actions.

3. Send them a card or personal note for no other reason than to thank them for being your friend. This kind of surprise can go a long way.


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