When it comes to expressing gratitude, very few things are better than a solid thank you. However, if you’re a people manager in the workplace (or if you use Awardco's rewards and recognition platform in your organization) you may be given an opportunity to say thank you more frequently, which can sometimes leave you feeling like you want to say something more. In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, and for those of us looking for a great way to express our thankfulness, here are 18 ways to say thank you.
This wouldn’t be a thank you list without this one, would it? Classic, timeless, and direct, ”thank you” is the meat and potatoes of gratitude.
“We want to express our appreciation!”
Expressing appreciation goes a long way, unlike Grandma’s delicious rolls that seem to be the first thing eaten at the table!
“We want to let you know how valuable you are to us…”
Expressing how much you value someone is a great opportunity to be specific about what exactly you value. After all, specificity is what makes the difference between a chutney and a sauce, right?
Another solid choice in expressing thanks, much like a holiday ham in place of turkey might be to a Thanksgiving dinner!
“I appreciate how you…”
Appreciation AND specificity—a doubly delectable treat on the level of pumpkin pie and whipped cream. It almost doesn’t get better than that!
Is that even enough whipped cream, though?
“I’m grateful for…”
Gratitude always means more when it’s directed towards a specific thing. “I’m grateful for the time and effort you spent in making this delicious meal, Grandma Jane” means so much more than “Thanks, Grandma Jane!”
“We’d like to acknowledge…”
Acknowledgement generally means a public appreciation of thanks. Standing up in front of your family and friends to give acknowledgement for the sacrifices made to provide dinner is a great example of showing appreciation!
Perhaps a more old fashioned way of thanksgiving, praise can be directed and sincere. “We’d like to praise Aunt Jenny for her beautiful and tasty pies” might be appropriate, especially if you know Aunt Jenny likes that kind of formality.
Being in debt generally isn’t seen as a good thing—unless it’s in debt to someone for their great work, or their ability to clean dishes faster than anyone else. Indebted indeed!
“Thanks a bunch!”
A less formal thank you, ideally reserved for people you know really well. Saying “thanks a bunch!” to your manager just doesn’t sound as appropriate as saying it to your mom.
“Things wouldn’t be the same without you.”
Sometimes an honest admission of how impactful someone’s work has been can make all the difference—like gravy does to potatoes.
“We’re lucky to have you!”
Making someone feel special with an expression of thanks such as this is a fantastic way to call out the impact someone has had. You’re lucky indeed if you have someone that can make a killer green bean casserole, right?
The real question here is why does little Johnny have a wine glass?
Because nobody likes an exhaustive list (nor do they like it when Grandpa Terry gets a little long-winded), here are a handful of other ways to express thanks:
We can’t express how much your help means to us!
Your work means so much to us!
Words can’t express our gratitude.
We’d be lost without you!
You are a big part of what we do here.
You make all the difference!
We could go on and on about how to express gratitude. We're passionate about it. It's one of the only things that can actually rewire your brain and make you feel a greater sense of happiness, and practiced regularly does just that. We know that expressing gratitude and recognizing others for their contributions will change not only your life, but the lives of those around you!