Six ways to show gratitude without breaking the bank

Monday, November 22, 2021 Six ways to show gratitude without breaking the bank

Spending time with friends and family is an excellent idea to show gratitude to them. [Photo by cottonbro from Pexels.]

From 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 23, visit the Nebraska Union’s Memorial Plaza to leave your mark on the “Gratitude Grafitti” big board with a note of thanks to others or to share what you are grateful for and receive a FREE gratitude journal, courtesy of Big Red Resilience and Well-being.

Here are six additional ways your can demonstrate and show gratitude to others and yourself.

  1. Appreciate the environment and space you occupy. Invite friends and family to go on a walk or bike on the local trails, in your neighborhood, or at a local park.
  2. Use the original social media and take time to write a handwritten note or card to someone. The extra effort will not be wasted on the recipient and your efforts will be much more appreciated. People value a handwritten note/card much more than other forms of thanks (especially electronic emails or messages).
  3. Give the gift of time. Volunteer to help a friend or family with a project they are personally working on. Offer to cover a household task for a roommate or a shift for your coworker. Give back to your local community through volunteer opportunities that help others.
  4. Simply say THANK YOU – and say it often. As simple as it sounds, it makes others feel appreciated when it's sincere and heartfelt. The words are powerful when they are heartfelt. Be specific when telling the recipient why you are giving thanks. Instructors, staff, and mentors - as well as friends - appreciate hearing that they have made an impact in your life.

    By making an extra effort to share thanks with others, it will have a profound and lasting impact on your personal well-being.
  5. Invite others to spend time with you. Host a night of board games and video games with friends. Grab a co-worker to join you in a quick coffee or snack break. Plan a project to do with your siblings or roommates – home improvement, baking, crafts, gardening or even putting together a jigsaw puzzle. No matter how small the amount of time, the shared experience will have deeper meaning than a physical bauble.
  6. Take an interest in learning something new. Obtaining new knowledge allows us to grow each day and expand our understanding of cultures, nature, and ourselves. If you have an opportunity to learn directly from another person, you also are showing gratitude to them for the knowledge and traditions they share with you.

    Practice this by stopping by the Nebraska University Malaysian Student Association’s booth in the Nebraska Union from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. November 22 to explore Malaysian culture with a variety of traditional games and handicrafts.
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