How to Show You’re Thankful

PC: Kayla Potts

PC: Kayla Potts



Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This time of year brings people closer together, and what better way to start off the season of giving than by showing gratitude to the ones we care about? I want to share with you a few fun and simple ways you can show your friends that you’re thankful for them.

Small acts of service

Small acts of service are the little gestures you can do to show your friends they’re appreciated. This can be something simple like buying them a cup of coffee before classes, getting them a pastry from Goldenrod just across the street or offering to pay for their laundry.

Personalized gifts

Personalized gifts are a great way to show your friends that you pay attention to the little details of their lives. Getting them a gift card to their favorite food place, buying a bag full of their favorite things, purchasing something special that represents your friendship or creating a scrapbook filled with your favorite memories will show them you care.

Spread the love

A hug goes a long way. There are also mental and physical health benefits that come from receiving hugs on a daily basis. This is a simple gesture that anyone can do at any given moment. What better way to spread some love than wrapped in the warm embrace of those close to you.

Treat them to lunch or dinner

This is the perfect excuse to take a break from cafeteria food. Everybody loves a good meal, so schedule some time to take your friend to lunch or dinner and offer to pay for them. There are a lot of restaurant options nearby.

Send a thoughtful note

In a world where we’re always on our cellphones, taking the time to send a note can be more personal. You can leave encouraging words randomly, letting your friends know they’re appreciated and loved.

Go that extra mile

Sometimes all your friends may need is for you to be present. As a college student, life can get busy, so taking the initiative to spend quality time with your friends can help strengthen your relationships and it lets your friends know that you value them.  

I encourage you to use these tips to help spread appreciation during this holiday season. Don’t forget that gratitude is the best attitude!

Alaysha Harris is a senior studying communication.