Mark Bonchek, Founder and CEO of Shift Thinking, writes “By definition, gratitude is 'a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.' Note that.
Every day when I wake up, the first thing I am compelled to do is check my Twitter account. This is because of all the thousands of tweets that I have received (and continue to receive) giving me positive feedback, energy and encouraging me to "keep those articles coming." What's more, these positive comments are coming from some of the most amazing people on the planet--people that I hadn't known before I started actively sharing my insights.
When I interviewed Marji Sherman and learned how she grew her Twitter followers to over 130,000, I immediately began following her advice. I took my own account from about 130 followers to nearly 8,000 in just about six months. And what an incredible journey! It's hard to believe that it's only been about six months since I began contributing articles to Inc.com. This article marks my 80th post (see the other 79 via https://www.inc.com/author/bill-carmody) and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you.
I Write Because You Inspire Me
I started out contributing to Inc.com as a simple way to be a go-giver. That is, as someone who has been in digital marketing for more than 20 years, I figured it was time to share as much as I could about what I had learned. But then something amazing happened. You started telling me what you liked. You gave me incredible feedback and words of encouragement. You even sent me links to articles and research studies that you thought other entrepreneurs might appreciate. I didn't realize it, but somehow I stepped into this incredible community of likeminded people who were all willing to share their incredible insights, passion and stories of inspiration.
I didn't start out writing because of any of this, but now I'm completely hooked. Perhaps "addicted" is a better word because every free moment I have, I want to check in with you and hear what you have to say and what new ideas and stories we can share with our fellow entrepreneurs. It's incredible.
A Most Sincere Thank You!
I appreciate all that you have done to encourage me and wrap me in all this positive energy. You know that feeling when you step on stage in front of hundreds of people? I feel that way every time I post an article: incredibly excited and a little intimidated. I fully respect and appreciate this opportunity to connect, learn and share together. It's been an incredible first six months and I look forward to our continued dialogue and shared learning experience in the months (years?) to come. As long as you keep providing me your feedback, insights and suggestions, I am committed to keep writing.
Where Do We Go From Here?
If you have not already done so, I encourage you to connect with me on Twitter (@BillCarmody) so that we can keep the conversation going. Tell me what interests you and what you're curious about. What do you want to know more about? In other words, How Can I Help and be of service? From technology to digital marketing, from leadership to culture, and from starting a business to building and growing your company, there are a lot of interesting topics out there, I just need to better understand what interests you the most. I'm all ears!
The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.
I appreciate all that you have done to encourage me and wrap me in all this positive energy. I fully respect and appreciate this opportunity to.
In a time when manners are teetering on the edge of extinction and anxiety is on the rise, it is increasingly important to spend time expressing gratitude.
Focusing on gratitude can negate feelings of resentment and entitlement and foster feelings of positivity.
Studies show that even months after writing a simple appreciation quote or journaling feelings of gratitude, people's brains are still wired to feel especially thankful.
This is because gratitude habits have a self-perpetuating nature.
The more you practice gratitude, the more you can enjoy its many benefits, such as an overall feeling of wellbeing and happiness.
Nothing expresses words of appreciation and gratitude like a personal note to someone who has touched your life in some way.
Not only do these personal messages make you feel happier, but also they foster positive feelings in the recipient. And that person is more likely to feel grateful and spread the love to others.
Gratitude seems to have a ripple effect that can improve the lives of so many, and it's well worth the few minutes of time it takes to write down your feelings of gratefulness in a message to others.
Here are some great examples of appreciation messages to send to people to show how much you care.
Ah, your friends — that wonderful circle of people you've chosen and nurtured because they mean so much to you.
What would we do without our friends who love and support us unconditionally?
Appreciate your friendship and how much they mean to you and how blessed you feel to have them in your life.
1. You always know how to make me laugh and lift my spirits. Thanks so much for being my friend!
2. Whenever something out of the ordinary happens, the first thing I think about is calling to tell you. That's the sign of a great friend.
3. You've been by my side through so many ups and downs, and I want you to know that I'll always do the same for you. Thank you!
4. I knew we would be fast friends the moment we met. I'm so glad that I was right.
5. You help me push my boundaries, lift me up when I'm feeling down, and give me comfort when I'm sad. You are a great friend, and I hope to always have you in my life.
6. “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis
7. You know you have found a true friend when you don’t need to be careful about what you say in front of them. Thank you for never judging me, friend.
8. You always have a way of bringing laughter, happiness, and joy into my life. When you are around, everything feels more peaceful, more exciting, and more interesting.
9. There are people who enter your life and make it a bit crazier, make you laugh a little louder, and who shine a little brighter. You are that person for me, and I wouldn’t trade you for anyone else.
10. There’s a lot that happens between two friends who have stood the test of time. The relationship isn't always perfect, but true friends will weather the storms with each other and wait for life to quiet down. They will do whatever they have to do to set things straight, then they go back to being friends again. That’s just how it is with you and me.
11. The secret to lifelong friendship is to treat the friendship as more than a gift but also as a responsibility. Thank you for playing your part in creating perfection.
12. “The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing…not healing, not curing…that is a friend who cares.” – Henri Nouwen
13. Thank you for being the friend who never asks for reasons or explanations when all I need is a hug and a good laugh.
14. The best friends are the ones who continue to give, even when you don't have anything to give back. Thanks for being one for me.
15. I don’t know the best way to say thank you to a friend like you who already knows the things that I never say and never says anything that I don’t understand.
16. I want to thank you, but I don’t know where to begin. So, I just want to say that there are so many things that I would not have been able to do without you.
17. We've done everything together since we were kids. I want to thank you for being such a great friend, and I can't wait to share many more of life’s precious moments with you.
18. You're a great friend who brings out the best in me. I am so grateful to have you in my life. Thank you for being you.
19. Your dedication, understanding, and time all mean so much to me, and I feel very lucky to be able to experience life alongside you. I cherish you forever, my friend.
20. “One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.” – Euripides
21. Friend, I want to let you know that you are the person who I always know will be there for me when something happens — either good or bad. Thank you for being that person in my life.
22. For my burden-bearing, laughter-sharing, and constantly-caring friend: a very joyful, hug-filled, and heartfelt thank you.
23. Thank you for being such a great friend. If you could see my face, you’d see the smile you put on it.
24. Thanks for always being there for me when no one else was. I appreciate you so much.
There are those special few people in your life, the ones in your inner circle of family and friends, who deserve personal acknowledgment and appreciation words.
You can never show too much gratitude for these people who bring so much joy and love into your life.
Here are some lovely words and appreciation quotes for those you care about the most.
25. Very few people can do the things you do for me and love and care for me this way. You are so special to me. Thank you for everything.
26. There is never anything random about your acts of kindness. Thank you for everything that you do.
27. Thoughtful and unselfish are two words I think of when I think of you. Thank you!
28. I want to thank you for all the wonderful ways you make me happy, even when you don’t realize it.
29. I’m so grateful for you because you are always supportive when I am going through a difficult time. Thank you.
30. Thank you for loving my quirks — you always make me feel special and loved.
31. I know that I don’t say this often enough, but I want to tell you how much I appreciate you and everything you do.
32. My life is very blessed with some of the greatest people. Thank you for being a part of my journey.
33. Sometimes I forget to say thank you to those who make the biggest difference in my life. Those who help to make the bad times bearable and the good times even better. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.
34. Here is a special thank you from my heart to someone who is special in my life. To someone who means a lot to me. A special thank you from me to you, for making life always feel like new.
35. Thank you for the many beautiful ways that you touch my life.
36. Thank you for just being there. You never try to fix me, you just make me feel supported and cared for.
37. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. However, it truly has no bottom for you.
38. So much of me has come from what I learned from you. You’ll always be with me, like a handprint on my heart.
39. “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer
40. Thank you is just two words, but they mean a lot coming from my heart to yours.
41. This is just a short note to let you know how much I appreciate all of the awesome things that you do for me. I will always cherish you.
42. I would never be able to thank you enough, but this is a start.
43. I've always felt cherished and appreciated by you, and I want you to know that is exactly how I feel about you.
44. I don't think I would have made it this far without your kindness and generosity. I am especially grateful for you.
45. Whenever I feel alone, you find a way to sneak in. Thank you for always making my life feel more complete.
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46. If I were to write about all the reasons that I am grateful for you on little pieces of paper, they would fill up an entire room. You are amazing, and I am so blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for everything you are.
47. Thank you for helping make my life become a dream come true.
48. I appreciate that you always remind me to stay true to myself, and you love me for who I am. Thank you.
49. Life has so many trying moments. For your companionship, support, and unique assistance, I want to say a big thank you.
Have you received some lovely birthday gifts or messages?
Maybe your Facebook page lit up today with so many good wishes that you feel overwhelmed with gratitude.
Show your appreciation to those who remembered your birthday by sending a short “Thank you” message. Just a few words can acknowledge the effort others have made to celebrate you.
50. I want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone for all of the positive birthday wishes. It means so much to me that you all made the effort to wish me a happy birthday. I feel very blessed to have all of you as my friends.
51. Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes and laughs. I keep our friendship and love in my heart. Love to you all.
52. It is a great day! My birthday is a great reminder of how grateful I am for all of the beauty in my life. Thanks for making me feel great!
53. I am overwhelmed with how much attention I received for my birthday and would like to extend gratitude to each and every one of you for your kind greetings. I'm sure that all of your wishes will bring me a great year.
54. Thank you to everyone for all the love and support on my birthday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is wonderful to know that I am surrounded by amazing people.
55. I am truly blessed! I woke up this morning with so many messages from all of you for my birthday! Thank you so much for being such a great part of my life.
56. To all of my family and friends, I am so lucky to have all of you sending me thoughtful messages that are full of love on my birthday. Thank you so much!
57. I want to say a big thank you for all the messages, cards, and gifts that were given to me today on my birthday. Thank you to everyone for making my birthday especially wonderful.
58. You all always make me feel happy on my birthday. You give the most thoughtful gifts and say the kindest words. If this is what it feels like to turn a year older, I wouldn’t mind getting older every day!
59. I am truly blessed to have such a great family. You always make my birthday special. Thank you so much for all of your love. You make me happy to be alive.
60. You all made my birthday an unforgettable one. I hope you all know how good it feels to have amazing friends and family like you to share my birthdays with.
61. Thank you for going to so much trouble to give me such a great birthday. This is one of the best birthdays of my life.
62. Birthdays can be a bittersweet time with age, but I have so much to be grateful for that I can't think of even one negative thing. Thank you to everyone who made my day so special.
63. It is so amazing that you never ever miss wishing me well on my birthday. Thank you!
64. Thank you all for your warm birthday wishes. I wish us all a happy life ahead!
65. The most valuable gift I have ever gotten is the love and support from my friends and family. Thank you so much for sharing that with me on my birthday!
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66. I don’t think of birthdays as a day to get older. I think of it as giving me another year to have all of you as friends! I appreciate all of your birthday wishes!
67. I'm amazed to receive so much love and care from my friends and family. I am grateful for everyone for making my birthday special!
68. I want to express my genuine gratitude to everyone who remembered me on my birthday. Thank you all!
69. I appreciate all of you for your thoughtful birthday wishes. It is so encouraging and refreshing to hear from such great friends on my special day!
70. Thank you for helping remind me that so many amazing people love me! I appreciate this outpouring of love on my birthday!
71. Words can’t express my appreciation for everyone remembering my birthday! I want everyone to know that you always show your love and support!
72. Birthdays tend to draw less attention with age, but you all showed me how much you still care, thank you!
73. I am so grateful for everyone who helped make this birthday another year for the books!
74. While my birthday is supposed to be about me, I think it is more about all of the people I love coming together. Thank you!
Want to offer some inspiration to someone you care about who might need a boost?
These appreciation quotes and messages can brighten someone's day and give them the motivation to do more and feel happier.
What a lovely gift to offer a friend or family member you appreciate!
75. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”– Robert Brault
76. The more you are grateful for in your life, the more opportunities for gratitude you will have.
77. You inspire me every day to be the best person I can be. That is the best gift you could ever offer me.
78. Each day is a new opportunity to be grateful for something new.
79. It is important to be mindful so you can learn how to appreciate the present moment.
80. You can choose to take things for granted or to take things with gratitude.
81. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie
82. It is never too soon to show your appreciation.
83. “Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” — William Faulkner
84. You have to stop and remind yourself that each moment is the only one you are positive you will have.
85. While a lot of people are able to see that a job has been well done, only a select few will speak up with appreciation.
86. A little appreciation goes a long way, but I can never say enough how much I appreciate you.
87. Appreciation speaks louder in action than it does in words.
88. “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha
89. Someone who feels appreciated will always do more than you expect them to do.
90. Words have power. Use them wisely to show your gratitude.
91. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain
92. Your appreciation can never be fake. Even if you don't say it out loud, you will feel it.
93. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson
94. Be thankful for everything you have in your life, and know that you will always end up with more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
95. One of the reasons that appreciation is so wonderful is that it makes what is outstanding in others belong to us as well.
96. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” — Marcel Proust
97. Every night when I count my blessings, you are always at the top of the list.
98. Gratitude unlocks the unique treasures of life.
99. Foster a habit of practicing gratitude for every good thing that comes your way, and give thanks regularly. Because everything you have has contributed to your advancement in life, you should include everything in your gratitude.
100. Gratitude is equal to riches. Complaints are equal to poverty.
101. Upon waking, allow your first thought to be, “Thank You.”
I hope you found the appreciation quotes and messages in this list that provide just the words you need to express your feelings.
If you want to share words of gratitude to someone in a unique way, write them a note of appreciation that memorializes the way you feel.
You can use the messages and quotes as prompts for ideas you write yourself, or you can copy them directly in your letter, card, or email and add some of your own words to make the message more personal.
If nothing else, here's hoping these messages of appreciation will inspire you to savor all of the good things and people in your life.
Rather than dwelling on negativity, problems, or lack, allow the blessings in your life to occupy your thoughts more often. And express your gratitude to those around you more often.
Your sense of gratitude and appreciation of others not only lifts up the people you appreciate, but it also makes you feel happier and more confident.
Why not leave a little note of appreciation for someone you care about today?
As we enter the holiday season, we are bombarded with appeals to “be grateful” and “be thankful.” Social media and ads both on and offline direct our attention to ways we can give, and then give a little more.
It may be tempting to tune out these requests, because, in reality, we can’t express gratitude to everyone who deserves it—even though the benefits for the gratitude giver and receiver are so wonderful. But this is why “thank you” should be integrated into the fabric of our lives year-round, rather than saved up for one or two months out of the year.
And are you already a gratitude giver? Think about who you offer up these expressions of appreciation to. You likely thank your friends, your family, your customers—you may even thank your mail carrier, hairdresser, and favorite barista. But when was the last time you said “thank you” to a brand you regularly support? Do you give brand gratitude?
Mark Bonchek, Founder and CEO of Shift Thinking, writes “By definition, gratitude is ‘a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.’ Note that gratitude is inherently reciprocal. It also combines both emotion and behavior. There is a feeling of appreciation and an expression of that appreciation through some kind of action. Gratitude, therefore, can serve as the basis of a relationship beyond the transaction.”
“Gratitude, therefore, can serve as the basis of a relationship beyond the transaction.” - Mark Bonchek
Most of us love it when brands say “thank you”—be it through hand-written notes, a personal message, or even a well-crafted email. Brands who support and foster expressions of gratitude are building the foundations for loyalty. Authenticity is key. As customers, we can tell immediately if a brand is not expressing genuine gratitude or is trying to engage while fostering a hidden agenda.
But why should a customer thank a brand? One might ask “what is the purpose?” Brands are non-feeling, non-human things. But consider this: brands are not merely representations of the people that work there—a brand is the representation of a set of ideals, a visual manifestation of a mission and core beliefs.
By saying “thank you” to a brand that you support, you are saying that you believe in and appreciate the same things and support the same values. Shared values and beliefs. . .it almost sounds like the foundation of a relationship.
A thank you is an exchange, a way to converse on a deeper level, by using similar language and expressing similar values. It’s what Bonchek calls the “basis of a relationship beyond the transaction.” This foundation leads to a sense of belonging, personal satisfaction, and increased optimism for the relationship ahead for both customer and brand.
Gratitude is one of the best things you can do for your emotional well-being and sense of connectedness to those around you. The New York Timespublished an article discussing Jimmy Fallon’s famous “thank you” notes, (thank you, cotton candy, thank you, woman who cut in front of me) says, all jokes aside, the simple act “supports recent scientific findings linking gratitude to increased optimism, stress reduction, and a better night’s sleep. Few who sit down to write a bread-and-butter note are likely to be aware that by doing so they are not only on trend but also on their way to becoming happier and more sociable people.”
“Few who sit down to write a bread-and-butter note are likely to be aware that by doing so they are not only on trend but also on their way to becoming happier and more sociable people.”
Now, a thank you note need not be handwritten (although bonus points for those who take pen to paper!) but it should be honest. Open. And express what you appreciate and why. Think about a time when you wrote a note of gratitude to a friend; it probably made you feel good, and it more than likely solidified in your head why you are friends with that person in the first place. The same rules apply when you are a customer thanking a brand, or company, who has earned your continued patronage. The act of gratitude can even open up awareness about yourself, and your values, that you never knew before.
Expressing gratitude creates channels of communication and trust while building an emotional connection that reminds us: we are all people.
Don’t know how to begin—here’s a positivity primer! Who are your three favorite, most trusted, or needed brands? Write down a few things about each that inspire you, or make your day-to-day life better. Is there something you hope they keep doing or that you wish other brands would start? Write that down! And make it personal. Now, send each brand a brief email (or letter if you are so inclined) and copy us on it—[email protected] We’d love to read and reprint your Brand Love Letters. This isn’t about getting free things from a brand, it’s about reaping the substantial emotional benefits that come from the process of gratitude.
Rachel Henry is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. She's a firm believer in having chocolate every day and is an avid reader of just about anything. Find her on LinkedIn.
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It's always a good idea to write a letter of appreciation to express thanks and gratitude to someone who has provided help or assistance to you, whether this was during the course of a job search or simply in the daily course of your performance in the workplace.
It’s also a good idea to write personal letters or email messages showing your appreciation and thanks for those who have helped you in your personal life.
These letters aren’t difficult to write, and reviewing a sample letter of appreciation may make it even easier for you.
Throughout your career and job searches, you'll likely get a lot of help. Mentors and bosses will provide advice and strategy, while co-workers may help with projects and training. Others may freely step up to cover your work responsibilities in the event that you become ill or have to take an unanticipated leave of absence.
Many people will likely make introductions or connect you with jobs or contacts. In fact, there are endless opportunities to express your appreciation to all the people who've aided you.
Sending a letter of appreciation is a great way to reach out and make others aware of your gratitude for their help. It's a courteous gesture – and also helps increase the likelihood that people will lend you a hand again in the future.
A letter of appreciation does not have to be long. Sincerity is more meaningful than length. Begin the letter with a greeting, and then let the recipient know why you're writing.
For example, you might say: "Thank you for bringing me up to speed on the new accounting program," or "I just wanted to let you know how much I've appreciated your advice over the past two weeks as I deliberated over those two job offers."
Not sure what to write? Here are thank you quotes for a variety of circumstances that you can tailor for your own correspondence, and include in your letter or email.
Next, share more details about how much the recipient's help has meant to you. Thank them again before your closing sign-off.
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123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
September 1, 2018
Vice President, Customer Relations
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Ms. Lee,
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I sincerely appreciate the time you spent reviewing my career goals and recommending strategies for achieving them. Your advice was very helpful and gave me a new perspective on available opportunities.
I especially appreciate your offer to connect me to others in your network. I plan on following up with the contacts you emailed me right away. I will also use the online networking resources you recommended to further my job search.
Any additional suggestions you may have would be welcome. I'll update you as my search progresses.
Again, thank you so much for your help. I greatly appreciate the assistance you have provided me.
Avery Jones (signature hard copy letter)
If you’re sending an email message, the subject line of the message can simply say thank you, like this:
The email message should include everything in the example above from the salutation downwards.
Here are more examples of appreciation letters and notes that you can use as a starting point for your own correspondence:
Thank you and appreciation letters are so important in all aspects of your career. Review how to write a thank-you letter, including who you should thank, what to write, and when to write an employment-related thank-you letter.
If you need information on other types of letters, you may find these letter samples to be helpful. The examples include cover letters, interview thank-you letters, follow-up letters, job acceptance & rejection letters, resignation letters, appreciation letters, business letters, and more great employment letter samples that will help you access all the employment-related correspondence you’ll need to write.
Your letter of appreciation can be as simple as a short thank-you email, but since email inboxes overflow, it might be even more meaningful to mail a handwritten letter or card.
how to show appreciation by sending a customer thank you letter that will an interview, or being your customer, and express true gratitude.