“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

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

Sometimes, we really are grateful for what someone has done for us – but still we don’t express it to them.
Not necessarily because we didn’t want to.

Maybe we couldn’t find the best way or words, or got sidetracked, or we were waiting for the right opportunity. Or we were waiting to buy the right gift of appreciation.

Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with what is going on that we forget to thank all those who have supported us.

Sometimes we feel awkward and vulnerable being in the receiving role and we are somewhat embarrassed about needing their help.

Other people cannot read our minds. They will never know what their actions or words meant to us if we don’t express it.

You don’t have to send a gift; your words matter much more. Write a card, make a phone call, leave a text or voicenote.
But don’t not share your gratitude for what they have done.

Try to make it authentic and personal. Include what they have done for you and how it enhanced and enriched your life.
• “Thanks for being someone I can always rely on. Recently, when I needed you, you ….”
• “For all you do—and for the kind, thoughtful way you do it—thank you.”
• “You have done so much for me. Thank you!”
• “My life is so much better because of your friendship.”
• “I know I don’t talk about how grateful I am to have you in my life, but it doesn’t mean I don’t feel that way. Thank you for being my friend.”
• “You are my rock (my light) through all that is going on right now.”
• “Thanks for being there for me when I really needed you. I appreciate you so much.”
• “Your positivity and kindness have made an unbearable time a little bit better.”
• “You never fail to make me smile. Thanks so much for your help and support!”
• “Your thoughtfulness is a gift I will always treasure.”
• “Thank you for being there for me yet again. I am so grateful that you are in my life.”

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