Tomorrow is Thanksgiving—yippee! IMHO it is the best holiday of the year! Lots of food and family and friends—but most of all—lots of opportunity for giving thanks. So I begin with sending thanks to all of the wonderful people in my life: my husband Andy, my cat, my mom and dad and brother and the rest of my family, my friends, and all the amazing and loving couples who I have had the honor to marry! I would not have the magical life that I have if you were not there to share it with me, so I give you all my deep gratitude.
Being thankful for all that we have in our life and to others for their love and support is something that you can foster every day in your life. Yet it is easy to forget during the often-tumultuous time of planning your wedding that your parents, sister, bridesmaid and so many others could all use a “thank you”. Sure, it is a given that your wedding entourage is there to adore you and assist you, but I am certain that they would welcome being appreciated. Who wouldn’t? And even if you aren’t planning a wedding, I am sure there are many people in your life who provide love and support who you are grateful for. Here are four simple ways to give thanks to all those important people in your life.
#1. Just say thank you! It is so easy and it goes such a long way when you say “thank you” to someone. Sure there are so many people you are dealing with when you plan your wedding, but it only takes a minute to say thank you. So right now pick up the phone and call someone you value and give them a big thank you! Texting doesn’t have the same impact—let them hearing your voice filled with emotion.
#2. Write a testimonial or letter to express your gratitude. Your photographer, wedding planner, officiant, musicians, make-up artist, venue, caterer—the list goes on—all rely on recommendations from clients who appreciate their work. Why not write a testimonial that gives thanks to them and supports their efforts to get more clients like you? And while you are at it, why not apply this technique for all of the often-neglected service providers in your life—the postal worker, the doormen, the coffee barista. Hand them a note of gratitude and you will make them feel valued.
#3. Surprise them with a gift. We are not in the habit of giving gifts to others unless it is a special occasion, like a birthday or holiday. If you surprise people in your life with a gift when they least expect it, you are showing that you think of them and care about them every day of the year. Perhaps bake them their favorite cookies or give them a gift certificate for a massage or show up at their doorstep with a bouquet of flowers. It doesn’t have to be anything costly—just something you know they will appreciate that sends the message of your thanks.
#4. Give a big hug or kiss. Showing your gratitude with love is a wonderful way to make sure the important people in your life know how thankful you are that they are there for you. Give thanks by showering them with lots of hugs and kisses! You will be rewarded with lots of hugs and kisses <3.