Embrace the Power of Expressing Thanks

Taking the time to thank others can strengthen relationships, foster a positive work environment, and enhance our own sense of well-being.

The Power of Expressing Thanks

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

The Science Behind Expressing Thanks

  1. Improved Relationships: Research from Harvard Health Publishing shows that expressing thanks can strengthen relationships. When we thank others, it reinforces mutual appreciation and respect, leading to deeper connections and trust.
  2. Increased Happiness: A study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that people who regularly express thanks are generally happier. Gratitude exercises, such as writing thank-you notes, can lead to increased happiness and life satisfaction.
  3. Enhanced Mental Health: According to Psychology Today, expressing gratitude can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. The act of expressing thanks shifts focus from negative to positive experiences, promoting a healthier mental state.

 How to Express Thanks Mindfully

  1. Personal Thank-You Notes: Write thank-you notes to people who have made a difference in your life. Be specific about what they did and how it impacted you. This personal touch can make your gratitude more meaningful.
  2. Verbal Expressions: Take a moment to verbally thank someone. Whether it’s a colleague, friend, or family member, a simple “thank you” can brighten their day and strengthen your relationship.
  3. Gratitude Journaling: Incorporate a section in your gratitude journal where you list people you’re thankful for and why. Reflecting on these relationships can deepen your appreciation and encourage you to express it.
  4. Acts of Kindness: Show your thanks through kind gestures. This could be as simple as helping a colleague with a task or surprising a friend with their favorite treat. Actions often speak louder than words.

Weekly Challenge: Expressing Thanks Routine

Expressing Thanks Challenge: For the next five days, practice expressing thanks in different ways. Here’s a simple guide:

  • Monday: Write and send a thank-you note to someone.
  • Tuesday: Verbally thank a colleague or friend for something specific.
  • Wednesday: Reflect on your gratitude journal and list people you’re thankful for.
  • Thursday: Perform a small act of kindness to show your appreciation.
  • Friday: Combine verbal and written expressions of thanks to someone who has impacted your week.

Embrace the power of expressing thanks to foster a positive and supportive community. Here’s to a life filled with gratitude and connection!

Mindful Appreciation


Janese Adair