In our busy lives, it can be hard to stop and think about everything that we are really grateful for. It is important for us to stop and thank the people around us every once in a while and show them how much we appreciate what they do for us. There are ways that you can express gratitude that cost absolutely nothing except a little bit of time.  This list is just a few of the many ways to show someone you care about them.

1. Write a Thank-You Note

This one might be self-explanatory, but it is often overlooked, especially since it has become easier to send an email or a text. A handwritten thank-you note can mean much more than a virtual message because it shows that you took extra time to express your gratitude. Make sure you mention exactly what you are thankful for and how appreciative you are for what they have done.

2. Send a Text

If you don't have time to send a handwritten note, a text message or email can still be impactful. An unexpected text can bring joy to others, especially in the middle of a busy workday. Similar to a handwritten note, your message should include exactly what you are thankful for and how appreciative you are.

3. Random Acts of Kindness

You can also express gratitude towards strangers by performing a random act of kindness. This can be as simple as picking up a piece of trash or paying for the person behind you in the drive-thru. Even if you don't have anyone specific in mind, an act of kindness can definitely make someone else's day.

4. Give Meaningful Gifts

When giving a gift to someone, it is important to make sure that there is meaning behind your gift. Take time to learn about their likes and dislikes. Listen to what they are telling you. A gift with a  purpose can mean much more than one that has no thought behind it. A meaningful gift is a great way to show someone that you appreciate them and you care about them.

5. Practice Active Listening

Another way to show gratitude is by simply listening to someone. When someone is talking to you, take time to really listen to what they are saying. Respond and make direct eye contact to show that you understand what they are saying. Active listing is completely free and can show someone that you care about how they feel and what they are saying.

6. Volunteer

You can show gratitude to others and the world around you by volunteering. There are plenty of great organizations that are always looking for volunteers to help out. By volunteering, you can make a difference in the lives of others around you. Volunteering can have a huge impact on others and even in your own life.

There are tons of ways to show the people in your life that you are thankful for them. This list provides you with a few examples to get started, but there are plenty of other ways to show someone that you care. Go thank someone today!

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