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10 Special Ways to Say "Thank You"
by Jo Condrill   
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Last edited: Friday, November 12, 2004
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Thanksgiving Day comes once a year in the U.S., but every day there are people in our lives who deserve our thanks. Sometimes a simple, "Thank you" is appropriate, and other times, it is more thoughtful to be creative in expressing appreciation. It's just good business.

Thanksgiving Day comes once a year in the U.S., but every day there are people in our lives who deserve our thanks. Sometimes a simple, "Thank you" is appropriate, and other times, it is more thoughtful to be creative in expressing appreciation. Here are some suggestions you may find helpful as you think of people at home, at work, and in the community.

1. When you say "Thank you" tell the person specifically what it is you appreciate and why you appreciate it. "Thank you for going to the Post Office for me. It saved me a lot of time."

2. Send an e-mail note or an online greeting. When I was a supervisor in the Pentagon, I sent a note of appreciation to my entire staff with specific examples. It raised the morale in the office noticeably.

3. Send a hand-written thank you note. These are noteworthy because so few of us take time to write and mail them.

4. Place an unexpected phone call just to say "Thank you." Connecting verbally adds warmth to your appreciation even if you reach voice mail.

5. Present a small certificate. Half-page certificates take up less space if displayed and are as meaningful as full sized certificates. They tend to draw attention because they are different.

6. Give a single flower from your garden, flowerpot, or florist, with a verbal "Thank you" or a note.

7. Put a candy bar or piece of fruit on the desk of the person to be thanked, with or without a note. (Be sure the person is not on vacation!)

8. Bake some cookies. This is especially effective when men bake and present a few cookies in thanksgiving.

9. Say something nice about the recipient of your thanks when he or she can overhear you. This is especially powerful in a business setting.

10. For special occasions, present a US flag that has flown over the Capitol. It is a unique, reasonably priced item which few people own. A certificate of authenticity is provided in honor of any special occasion you designate. Call your congressman's office and ask for it. If you don't have a local contact, call 202 224-3121 and ask for your congressman or congresswoman by name. When you reach that person's office, ask to purchase a flag. They'll know what to do!

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Reviewed by Reginald Johnson 5/28/2007
I thank you, Jo Condrill ... for this delightful, informative, and uplifting article.


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Reviewed by Miller Caldwell 8/6/2006
Dear Jo

Such sound advice. Hope it can be given to every Primary class and then every school leaver once more.
I fully agree with all you say in this. However when I was in Pakistan as the Camp Manager recently living in an Islamic Moslem community, the word 'Thanks' is never used. They see it as Duty on behalf of Allah and therefore thanks is not required. It's such a different culture. I prefer yours and mine.
PS Thanks
Reviewed by Sharon-Louise Laye (Reader) 4/21/2006
would like to see a update to this for Canadians. My daughter has been trying to teach her 2 step-daughters the need and proper ways to show their thanks to people who show kindness to them. Two years ago when she married their father, they could not believe her when she hand wrote all the thank-you cards also she had them help to design all the cards to be sent out. The other thing they had a hard time understanding was when she took the time to make Jason read and personally sign them and they also signed thanks for any gifts that had their names included. Children can never be taught to soon on how to show gratitude towards others.
Reviewed by Margie Russell (Reader) 2/3/2006
I feel these are good ways to say thank you in a personal life, I would suggest some affordable ways to say thank you in a professional setting.
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 11/19/2004
Timely for this holiday, but evergreen in general. We have become so quick to criticize, but so often don't take the time for the simple gestures that do so much... like giving thanks.

And so I do. Thank you, Jo, for a wonderful reminder.

Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 11/12/2004

Great ideas. Too often we forget a simple thank you can make a difference.

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