The woman who looks after children’s programs at our church gives out a thank you treat every week to her helpers. It’s usually a candy attached to a slip of paper, with a punny note.
For example, she tapes a Hershey’s Hug to the paper and the note says, “Here’s a hug for all the good work you do.” It’s a simple gesture. The time and money involved is small, but the recipient feels great.
Saying thank you doesn’t need be be a big production. In fact, most of the time, it shouldn’t be. “Thank you” should be a quick and natural response when someone helps you out or does you a favour.
Here are a few quick and easy ways to say thank you:
- Say thank you directly to the person. Tell them what you appreciate and why.
- Send a handwritten note.
- Send a thank-you e-mail.
- Pick up the phone and call someone to thank them.
- Acknowledge their effort in front of friends, family or coworkers.
- Print your own personalized thank-you certificates.
- Keep a handful of certificates for free beverages from your local coffee shop.
- Keep a handful of chocolate bars to give as an anonymous thank you.
- Bake some cookies.
- Take them out for dinner.
What are some other ideas? Leave them in the comments.