We teach our children to be polite and to how to say thank you. We want them to understand the importance of good manners and also of helping others. James Karagiannis puts those all together. He’s known around Buffalo, New York as the Ice Creamcycle Dude, but he doesn’t only have ice cream to offer. He offers his tiny little patrons a lesson in gratitude. How about some ice cream and thank yous?
Ice Cream and Thank Yous
He noticed that some of the children in his community were not able to afford the cold treats he sold. Rather than feel sorry and move on, he came up with a solution. For those who did purchase his sweet treats, he gave them a chance to make a donation to pay for a dessert for someone who would otherwise go without.
But the story doesn’t stop there. He had a requirement. If the children wanted to have an ice cream cone, they would be required to write a thank-you note to a person that made a donation.
What a sweet lesson in gratitude and helping others. Notes are not the only way to say thank you. Here are some other ways to show your appreciation.
More Ways to Say Thank You
With two simple words, you can express appreciation for a kind gesture or service someone has done for you. These words have the power to make someone’s day. When you want to go the extra mile in expressing gratitude, try one of these 13 ways to say “thanks.”
- Express your gratitude with a smile and the other person will almost always smile back. If that person is having a bad day, a smile could be just the thing that turns their day around.
- Send a note. If you’re shy, you may find it easier to express yourself in writing. If writing intimidates you, simply write a short note expressing your gratitude. Your heartfelt words will mean more to the recipient than the most beautiful prose or poetry.
- Buy a unique gift. Look for a small item that you can give as a token of your appreciation. If you’re unsure of what to get, try buying them coffee or sending them chocolates. You can also ask their friends for ideas.
- Invite them out. Say “thank you” with a dinner or time together doing something fun that you both enjoy.
- Shout it From the Mountaintops. Brag to others about what someone has done for you. They’ll likely hear about how highly you’re speaking of them. Better yet, brag about them to others in front of them. This will improve their reputation and their confidence at the same time.
- Offer a favor. Let the person choose what kind of favor they’d like from you. A small favor can often help someone out in a big way.
- Buy them a ticket to an event. Find a local concert or show that they would enjoy and buy them tickets.
- Contribute to a charity. Find out what your recipient is passionate about and then make a donation to an appropriate charity in their name.
- Add a personal touch. Say “thank you” with a homemade gift. The person will recognize your thoughtfulness and appreciate the gesture. You can hand craft a card or make a photo slideshow. Create something sentimental that truly shows your appreciation.
- Phone call. Sometimes a simple phone call is all you need to get your message across. In addition to a phone call to say “thank you,” call on a regular basis to see how they’re doing. Offer your friendship.
- Give them a “Gift of the Month.” For someone who’s always doing nice things for you, consider a gift subscription to their favorite magazine. You can also prepay for a subscription to a “book of the month” club that features books that interest them.
- Give a gift certificate. If you’re having trouble figuring out the perfect thank you gift, consider a gift certificate to a local mall or online store that sells a variety of different merchandise. That way, they’re sure to get something they like.
- Bake some cookies. If you love to bake, your talents can be a sweet way to show your gratitude. Everyone appreciate delicious, homemade desserts.
The only limit is your imagination. If you go the extra mile to show someone you’re genuinely grateful, the gesture will be remembered for a long time to come. What are ways you thank someone who has helped you in some way? i”d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.