It’s the Little Things: Expressing Gratitude

Think about it…When do you usually give thanks and express your gratitude? Holidays? During times of hardship and realization? I know that, before I started my journey – or rather, when I realized I was already on the journey – I only expressed gratitude after someone helped me with something, when good things happened, and of course, on holidays and the like.

But, within the last year, with the recent celebration of my 1 year no self-harm anniversary, I have started to rethink when and how I express my gratitude and give thanks to the people and things around me. Expressing gratitude and giving thanks is one of the most important things in my life right now. This is because it makes the people around me feel good, helps me practice positive speech, and it also makes me feel good. So, here are some ways that I have started expressing gratitude!

1. Randomly!

Sometimes I wake up in the morning and am thinking about someone. So I text them and let them know just that. “Hey, I was thinking about you and I appreciate you.” Selfishly, it makes me feel good, but it also makes them feel good as well! It goes a long way.

2. Social Media Shout outs!

I love going through old pictures of me and those closest to me; remembering silly moments and places traveled. Even looking back at some forgotten images and memories. So, I take to Instagram and post those moments and memories, with a special note a gratitude for those in the photo with me or by themselves even!

3. Praying For Them!

This is more of a silent expression of gratitude, one that no one but God and myself can hear. But, when you really care about people, you want the best for them. And sometimes, you don’t have the means to give or help out. But praying for them, sending them positive vibes, and keeping them in your thoughts goes a longgggg way. The universe is rippling with various vibes, so shoot some good ones in there for the ones you love.

4. Supporting Them!

Nothing says “I appreciate you” like supporting them in their endeavors (or motivating them to get on the right track if you cannot support what they are doing). In this day and time when a lot of us are consumed with what others things, and potentially not taking risks and steps because of that, it is important to support and motivate those you care about. Life is too short to bee envious and what others around you have. Go to their function, gathering. Support their blog or book or Instagram or start up. Tell them you believe in them.

You see, being grateful and giving gratitude does not have to be grand gestures. It can and should be effortless. Think about who and what you are grateful for. Let them know, speak on it, and express your gratitude and whatever way you know how. If you express gratitude in ways not mentioned, please, let me know in the comments!

If you liked this post, like and share! If you want to expand more or have questions about expressing gratitude, leave a comment, contact me, or find me on social media!

Positivity, growth, and all the things!,

Jaymee

Published by Jaymee Vee

Being a black woman has its perks and it’s challenges. As a 27 year old educator, traveler, and athlete, I aspire to candidly shed light on my journey through my blackness and my womanhood, and promote positivity, growth, and all the things!

4 thoughts on “It’s the Little Things: Expressing Gratitude

  1. I love how simple yet impactful these ideas are! Especially shouting people out. I hate to say it, but everyone loves attention for doing something great once in a while. Great post!

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    1. Haha I sure do like a little recognition sometimes! But since we can’t see people as after or in the same way these days, these are the next best options to help our loved ones feel appreciated!

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  2. That’s a great thought Jaymee. I love the fact that you mentioned randomly as the first point. I have started cultivating a habit of thanking everyone who provides service is any shape or form, like an uber driver, the cashier at a store or the Amazon delivery guy. When the expression of gratitude is genuine and warm, the smiles it brings are priceless.

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    1. Yes! A simple thank you can really brighten someone’s day. I’ve been telling people I appreciate them, even for small gestures, and their smiles are so cute and it makes my day!

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