There are many reasons why you might want to thank someone. Maybe you just got a new job, moved into a new place or bought a house. Perhaps you want to say thanks for the meal, the evening out, the shoulder to cry on or the advice given. Whatever it may be, the person you want to thank will most likely have an idea of what you're thinking and might be grateful for your thoughtfulness.
But what are the best ways to say thank you? Is it best to simply express your gratitude in a simple "thank you" or are there specific phrases or words that are more appropriate for the occasion? Let's find out, shall we?
The Simple 'Thank You'
Approximately 14 million British households use POTS (plain old telephone service), which is what most people have at the moment. That's 72% of the population. If you're one of them, then you'll know how easy it is to say thank you by simply picking up the phone and calling someone. But what if you don't want to bother someone with a phone call? Is there any way to find a more suitable way to say thank you, other than by sending a boring generic email, with a brief, dry, 'thank you for whatever it was'?
It turns out, there is!
A Short-Handed Way To Say Thank You
Thanks to the wonders of technology, we've found a way to express our gratitude to someone without having to pick up the phone or send an email. There are a number of apps and websites that allow you to express your thanks via text or digital postcard. The best thing about these alternatives is that you can select the person you wish to send your message to, which means you can tailor your message to fit their preferences. Most of these services also offer a way to send a signed card, which is a lovely, personal touch!
In short, if you don't like the sound of 'thank you' or don't want to bother the person you're thanking with a phone call or email, you can always find a way to say it politely and enthusiastically with a Tweet or SMS.
Let's take a look at the top 4 ways to say thank you, in case you want to improve your vocabulary.
1. Thank You For Being A Person I Can Trust
Who hasn't been burned by a person they trusted more than once? Chances are, you or someone you know has been there. In order to prevent yourself from being betrayed by another person, you may decide to never fully trust them. This is a difficult decision to make and does not come easily. It is usually a result of previous experiences that caused you to lose faith in humanity in general, and in this case, this person in particular. Letting go of your trust can be heartbreaking, but necessary for your own safety and wellbeing. Remember the old adage, ‘If you can't trust someone, you don't know where you stand.'
Having said that, it is important to realize that there are many things that you might not know about this person. It is not always black and white, good or bad. Sometimes people are just bad and it's best to block them out of your mind and never think about them again. However, there are also people out there who are truly good and don't deserve to be labeled as such. You need to find out which camp this person falls into before you put your trust in them. Fortunately, you can tell a lot about a person just by meeting them once. This saves you the pain of heartbreak later on, if you decide to trust them. So, by all means, meet the person you've been attempting not to trust, but here's the rub. If you meet them and decide that you can't trust them, you'll look back on these past few days with a heavy heart, but you'll also feel a sense of relief. In the meantime, you could have been on a dangerous path, which could have resulted in you getting hurt or even killed. But for whatever reason, you were spared and that is something to be thankful for.
There are times when someone you know will try to hurt you or leave you broken hearted. There are also times when they'll come along and show you a good time, which is something to be thankful for as well. So, just because someone didn't come along and ruin your life doesn't mean that they didn't help to make it better. This is something to keep in mind. Every day is a gift. It's good sometimes, it's bad sometimes, but it's all part of life and it's something to be thankful for.
Deciding whether or not to trust someone is always a hard decision to make. However, when it comes to expressing your gratitude, you have several options and, depending on the situation, which one you will choose, will be determined by whether you want a quick, easy way to say ‘thank you' or if you prefer a more thoughtful way to show your appreciation. This also depends on whether or not you want to be rude and impose on the person or people you're thanking, or if you want to be polite and let them know you appreciate what they did or said.
2. Thank You For All You've Done For Me
There are times when you might do something for another person and they might not even notice or appreciate it. This happens all the time, even to the nicest people. But that doesn't mean that you have to sit back and accept that someone you helped do something unhelpful or even wrong. This is why it's important to keep track of all the things that you've done for the person you're thanking, whether or not they realize it. Otherwise, you'll never know what you've actually done and how much it meant to them. Keeping a written or digital record of everything you do for the person will help you to see how much they truly benefitted from your assistance and there is no question that this will increase your appreciation for that person. You could also mention some of the things that they've done for you in the past and how much that means to you.
3. Thanks For Standing By Me
If you're in a relationship with someone, you've most likely heard this phrase before. ‘Standing by you' is just another way of saying that they're there for you, even when you don't want them to be. They'll be by your side, whenever you need them. Whether it's reassuring you that everything will be okay or giving you company while you're going through difficult times, they'll be there for you. Sometimes, this is all that you want from a partner and it can make all the difference in your life. Even if they aren't the most popular person in your group of friends, or the funniest or most talented, they'll still be by your side, in a way that no one else is. Just because they don't say much doesn't mean that they aren't paying attention to you or that they don't care about you. You can't always expect others to be there for you, especially when you don't do or say the right things. This is why it's important to appreciate your support network, even if it's just one person. They may not be able to walk you through every step of the way, but they'll be there, when you need them, which is the most important thing.
4. You're A Special Person
If you believe that you are a unique person and that the rest of the world consists of clones of yourself, then it's time to pat yourself on the back. This is especially true if you believe that everything you do is extraordinary and that the rest of the world should just copy you. It's easy to fall into this trap, where you begin to think that everything you do is extraordinary and that the rest of the world should just follow your lead. This is why it's important to remind yourself that you are, in fact, a normal person, who happens to have extraordinary circumstances and abilities. The more you tell yourself that you are special, the more you will begin to believe it. So, find something you're particularly proud of and, instead of thinking about the imperfections of others, focus on the things you have in common with everyone else. If you want to believe in yourself and your abilities, then it's important to have others believe in you as well. This takes some of the pressure off and gives you a boost of confidence, when you need it most.