Elizabeth Tyson
November 21, 2016 4:23 pm

Gratitude. Tis the season! It’s time for us to count our blessings. Grand gestures are great, but who has time when it takes days to prepare a Thanksgiving feast?! A simple, elegant thanks can still show you care. Plus, it might just make you feel better about the state of the world and your life. After all, science shows giving thanks is good for your health.

With some DIY and thoughtful reflection, you can express your gratitude to everyone in your life with just a little time and effort. Here are 5 utterly simple ways to show you are thankful. These aren’t expensive or lavish, but they’re packed with heart.

1. WRITE A THANK YOU NOTE. FOR REAL.

Writing notes, cards, and letters on actual paper is becoming a lost art. Receiving real snail mail is always exciting. Fill someone’s mailbox with a little love!

2. GIVE SOMEONE A BOOST…WITH A COFFEE!

Does a co-worker deserve a special thanks? Bring them a coffee or tea in the morning. Or, there’s an app for that! Use Starbucks’ app to gift your friend their favorite bev.

3. ASK “HOW CAN I HELP YOU TODAY?”

Ask and you shall receive. Or rather, ask and you can properly give. Sometimes all you have to do is ask someone how you can be of help to them in the moment. Maybe it’s providing care for a child or pet while a friend or loved one takes a break. Or it might be as simple as fixing the printer at work. Just ask.

4. BAKE SOMETHING.  COOK SOMETHING.  OR ORDER DELIVERY!

Whether it’s a parent, a friend, or a colleague, offering a home cooked meal or fresh baked anything is a delicious and generous way to express your gratitude. And if you are clunky in the kitchen, never underestimate the power of stopping by a local bakery or ordering delivery.

5. FLOWERS, Y’ALL.

Bottom line? Flowers are pretty. Sending flowers is a time-honored tradition for a reason, people. If your loved one is across the country, order a beautiful bouquet online. Or if you have a green thumb yourself, you can go the DIY route and grab some stems from your garden or local grocery and style them in a mason jar for any easy “thinking of you” bouquet.

Look, giving thanks doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. We know this in theory, but sometimes we need a little reminder. Just give some thought to whom and for what you are thankful and find a thoughtful way to express your gratitude.  Any gesture is better than none.

When you begin to see the world through a lens of gratitude, you might just feel better about everything.

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