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97 Genuine Ways To Express Gratitude And Appreciation

Without a doubt, you know why it’s important to show the people you hold closest to your heart how appreciative you are of them.

That’s the easy part.

Figuring out how to show that appreciation, on the other hand, is another story—especially when there are countless ways to convey the feelings you can’t always put into words.

So if you’re stuck wondering how to express gratitude and appreciate for the ones you love, perhaps these 97 ways to do so can push you in the right direction.

How To Express Gratitude And Appreciation Through Service 

As the cliché goes, actions speak louder than words. And because of the time and effort performing these acts of service entail, they definitely speak volumes about how grateful you are for your loved ones.

The best part? Acts of service don’t have to be major productions—they can be as simple as taking the initiative to help with household chores without asking for or expecting anything in return.

  • Pay the bills.
  • Make a cup of tea.
  • Fix the computer.
  • Wash the dishes.
  • Take out the trash.
  • Pick up the dry cleaning.
  • Return the grocery cart.
  • Make a playlist.
  • Dust the house.
  • Remember to put the seat down.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Untangle a necklace.
  • Cook dinner.
  • Mail a letter.
  • Start the car.
  • Vacuum the floors.
  • Schedule important appointments.
  • Fill up the gas tank.
  • Change a burnt-out light bulb.
  • Water the plants.
  • Celebrate a recent win.
  • Shovel the snow.
  • Go grocery shopping.
  • Plan a family vacation.
  • Make the bed.

How To Express Gratitude And Appreciation Through Words 

"Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble." -Yehuda Berg

In other words, the impact you leave on someone can be positive or negative depending on what you choose to say. And if you prefer the former, you might want to say something along the lines of:

  • “I constantly find myself in awe of the way that you…”
  • “When you need something to lift your spirits, just remember that…”
  • “You are such a great...”
  • “I promise to always...”
  • “Thank you for going the extra mile...”
  • “I can’t get enough of you...”
  • “I believe in you because…”
  • “You are my favorite person...”
  • “I respect you for…”
  • “Next time, I’ll try to…”
  • “I am extremely grateful for your…”
  • “You make the world a better place through your…”
  • “I’m here for you...”
  • “You mean the world to me...”
  • “It makes me so happy to see that you…”
  • “You have a talent for...”
  • “I feel incredibly blessed to have you in my life...”
  • “I trust you...”
  • “Thank you for always...”
  • “You are the reason I am motivated to…”
  • “I am so proud of all that you’ve accomplished…”

How To Express Gratitude And Appreciation Through Touch  

  • Hug them from behind.
  • Kiss the top of their head.
  • Massage their feet.
  • Hold their hand.
  • Initiate touch.
  • Cuddle on the couch.
  • Rest your head on their shoulders.
  • Respect physical boundaries.
  • Give them a peck on the cheek.
  • Dance together.
  • Play with their hair.
  • Squeeze their hand when you say goodbye.
  • Give them a bear hug.
  • Sit close.
  • Walk arm in arm.
  • Scratch their back.
  • Ask for feedback.
  • Enjoy each other’s space.

How To Express Gratitude And Appreciation Through Quality Time

Whether the quality time you create with the ones you love lasts a few minutes, an evening a week, or a weekend away, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention.

Like Josh Turner said, “You hear about quality time a lot but I really think that quantity time with a person is really what strengthens a relationship. That's when you really get to know somebody. You get to know their strengths and their weaknesses and that brings you closer.”

  • Play board games.
  • Cook dinner.
  • Take a romantic getaway.
  • Go to an amusement park.
  • Enjoy a glass of wine.
  • Bake cookies.
  • Do a couple’s massage.
  • Work out.
  • Read a book.
  • Play bowling.
  • Go stargazing.
  • Have a candlelight dinner.
  • Take a walk.
  • Dance.
  • Reminisce about fond memories.
  • Attend a painting class.
  • Go hiking.
  • Try out a new restaurant.
  • Play at an arcade.
  • Have a movie marathon.
  • Spend a day at an art museum.

Every day, you are given exactly 84,600 seconds to spend however you like. 

Will you spend it getting lost in the chaos of a fast-paced world, or will you spend it creating meaningful memories with the ones you love?

How To Express Gratitude And Appreciation Through Gifts

When it comes to this form of love, people often forget that it is less about the gift, and more about the thoughtfulness and effort behind it.

  • Write a love letter.
  • Surprise them with flowers.
  • Get tickets to see their favorite sports team.
  • Dedicate a star.
  • Create a scrapbook.
  • Buy matching coffee mugs.
  • Give a gift card.
  • Make a playlist and explain why you chose each song.
  • Sign them up for a class they’ve been wanting to take.
  • Order their favorite childhood snack.
  • Return from every trip with a souvenir.
  • Surprise them with concert tickets.
  • Take them camping.
  • Buy a book they’ve been dying to read.
  • Bake their favorite cookies.

Why There Are No Limits To Expressing Gratitude And Appreciation

Sure, 97 may seem like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to the countless ways you can show the people around you how much you value their presence in your life. 

The question is, what will you do about it?