How To Express Gratitude

On my twenty-second Thanksgiving, I have been thinking deeply about how I want to give thanks. Gratitude is one of the business world’s latest trends, but the psychological effect of expressing gratitude has been documented for much longer. During my period of unemployment this year (more on that to come), I began implementing a daily gratitude practice. For me, this was in the form of a journal, but I think that any way that people can commit daily to the act of gratitude will fundamentally change the way they experience the world.

The challenge of expressing gratitude to my family and friends today — most of whom are spread across the United States — is one that encompasses many challenges in other areas of life. Are my sentiments long-form or 280 characters or less? How can I show gratitude? Is it a phone call? A text message? For many people in my generation, a snapchat was the only form of Thanksgiving recognition they received.

How can I show gratitude? Is it a phone call? A text message? For many people in my generation, a snapchat was the only form of Thanksgiving recognition they received.

Today, I chose to give gratitude in the same manner that I hope to live the rest of my life — a healthy mix of research combined with the actual ability to act. I thought about how each person would best experience my gratitude, and tailored messages and platforms to them. I sent out 18 messages of gratitude to my friends and family. I’d say that’s a great start.