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Simple Ways You Can Show Someone Your Appreciation


Feeling appreciated is what builds bonds between couples and friends. Regardless of your relationship status, you most certainly have some close friends that you want to show your appreciation to, or maybe you want to show your spouse how you appreciate all that they do. You can most certainly show someone your appreciation without going broke or taking too much time out of your day. When you show someone how much you appreciate them, it allows you to create a domino effect of that person showing appreciation to another person. Don't you just love how that works?


There are many simple ways you can show someone your appreciation and here’s some great ideas:

Hand Written Notes – a small hand written note to say thank you or I appreciate you is a great way to periodically show your appreciation to others. Taking the time out to say "I appreciate that you did this for me today", shows that you sincerely care about them.

Fresh Cut Flowers – think about your spouse, or maybe a close friend, fresh cut flowers are a great way to show appreciation, and it's also a great way to bring some color to your home and the person receiving them, cheeks.

Write a Poem – if you are creative like this, why not write a little poem that showcases your appreciation for something someone did for you recently. My daughter loves to say "Rose are Red, Violets are Blue, you're the best mommy, and I love you". Even at age 4 she shows how much she appreciates me and it didn't cost a thing.


Do Something Nice – you can always do something nice for someone you care about as a means to show your appreciation for them. How about making a cup of coffee for your spouse before he/she walks out the door, or show up at his/her job with lunch?

Make Time for Them – set aside a specific day and time where you do something that this person loves to do with them. Making time for someone else, especially when you don't have a lot of it and it seems like you're busy all the time, is another way. It shows the other person that you care enough to spend even an hour of your busy day to spend with them, because you truly appreciate them.

Give Compliments – a nice compliment can go a long way, this is a super simple way to show appreciation by giving a compliment to this person. Giving a compliment doesn't cost a thing and is a very easy way to show how much you care.

Read The 5 Love Languages Book – this is a great way to understand how to show appreciation to a special person by using their love language. I purchased the book myself and have found that my spouse and I speak completely different languages. What may work for you may not work for your spouse.


Walk Down Memory Lane – take a trip down to memory lane with this special someone where you discuss memories that made a difference in your life. Before you got married, you spent a lot of time going out and doing things together, now you are so busy with work, the household and kids, that it seems like those days are gone, but you can rekindle that spark by going down memory lane.

Make a Public Notice – with social media being at our fingertips, use it to do a public announcement sharing how much you appreciation this person. We share all the bad stuff on social media, how about sharing some good instead?

Give a Big Hug – nothing lets someone else know you appreciate them more than just giving them a big hug. Who can resist smiling when you're given a hug?


Be Honest – when trying to show someone your appreciation to someone be sure to keep it sincere, honest and to the point. No-one likes a liar and keeping it "real" is a good way to show how much you not only appreciate them, but respect them as well.

Give a Gift – a gift of appreciation can be something like a card, a small novelty item or something that this person needs as a means to say you appreciate them. How about making a gift if you're crafty? It shows that you cared enough to make it and not just buy it.

Stop Complaints – do not complain in any part of giving your show of appreciation, the whole point is to focus on the positives of what this person did. If you're complaining while showing your appreciation, then it means that you truly don't appreciate what they did.

Remain Positive – a smile and a happy face will go a long way when you simply tell someone you appreciate them.


There are so many simple ways to show appreciation to someone. These are a good starting point for you to make the time to show that special someone what they mean to you. Maybe your partner goes up and beyond to provide for your family on a regular basis, take the time to show them that you appreciate their efforts. Acknowledging something someone has done for you by showing them appreciation will go a long way in making you both feel special.

Let's discuss: How do you show your appreciation? 

Note: All flower photography done personally by me. 

Annmarie John
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  1. These are all such great ideas. One of the simplest ways I ever show my kids that I love them is just a random hug as I pass by. That's all it takes sometimes.

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    1. And it's really just the simple things Stacie. That's all you need to do.

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  2. These are really great ideas! My husband and I leave each other notes whenever we go somewhere.

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    1. That's showing respect for each other as well. Love that!

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  3. Those are great ways to show people appreciation. And it just goes to show that they don't have to be expensive! Your flower photography looks great.

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    1. Thank you Pam and yes it doesn't have to cost anything at all to show your appreciation.

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  4. It's so easy to take the people in our lives for granted. Sometimes a simple thank you is enough, but is always nice to do a little something extra for them.

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    1. That is so very true. We always think that "oh they know I appreciate them", but sometimes it's good to show it and not just say it.

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  5. A lot of these, I've not thought about doing. I love sending and receiving hand written notes though.

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    1. Maybe you should start thinking about how the other person would feel if you did a few of these things.

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  6. These are really sweet ways to show appreciation. I think nice flowers are always welcome gifts!

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    1. Flowers are awesome to give/get. I know I love receiving them.

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  7. These are all great ideas! I love sending cards. With long written notes, which I always tend to do! Flowers are also great too, I think a lot of people appreciate the card and flowers. -Jeanine

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    1. I know I do love getting flowers and I also love receiving cards too. :)

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  8. These are all sweet suggestions and I feel showing gratitude is always extremely important. My husband and I tend to keep things simple.

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    1. There's nothing wrong with keeping it simple, sometimes it's the simple things that makes it much more meaningful.

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  9. I love fresh flowers! They can instantly lift your mood. It's a good idea to show appreciation for people. These are great ways! A positive attitude is a must.

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    1. I love flowers myself and you're right, it can make a bad day feel so much nicer.

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  10. Hand written notes are at the top of my list! There is no better way to show someone how you much you appreciate them than by writing it all down and putting your heartfelt feelings for them into words.

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    1. That's very true, it shows that you really do care and you're really not just saying it.

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  11. I love all of these ideas. Especially the fresh cut flowers. Flowers can make anyone happy. Especially me. lol

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    1. I think flowers makes a lot of people happy. :)

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  12. I love these ideas. People do not show appreciation enough. I love the note leaving idea! So cute.

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    1. That is very true. Everyone is so self absorbed these days that they very rarely pay attention to anyone else.

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  13. I always remember to say thank you. My parents always made me realize that the greatest of all human hungers is the hunger for appreciation. That stuck to me like glue and now I always make it a point to give someone a hug, a pat on the back, say "thanks" and "I love you."

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    1. Awww, your parents taught you right. I always say thank you as well, but to be honest, I don't always say "I love you" and I need to say it more.

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  14. Wow, nice! I love receiving little things and my son always surprise me!

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    1. Sounds like you have an amazing son there. My daughter is just the same way.

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  15. That's very sweet. I think it's important to show the people you care about some kind of appreciation every once in a while. I agree with it being a domino effect, they'll start thinking about doing something good for someone else as well. These suggestions are awesome! It doesn't have to be expensive, it just needs to come from the heart.

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    1. You couldn't have said it better Elizabeth. It means so much more when it comes from the heart.

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  16. Maybe I should give more compliments to my hubby and my son to show them that I appreciate them.

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    1. Maybe you should and I'm sure they'll appreciate it.

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  17. This is just the sweetest list! I absolutely love giving flowers!

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    1. And I'm sure the person receiving them loves them too. That is great!

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  18. In a world of quick, electronic communication these kind gestures are really so important. After suffering a loss six months,I've been incredibly grateful for the friends who have taken the time to check in on my with simple kind gestures. And I'm determined to spread kindness as well. Love your suggestions.

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    1. That is great Monica, I'm so sorry for your loss and I know that those simple gestures means a lot. I also lost my mom a year ago and just a simple phone call to see how I was doing meant so much to me.

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  19. These are great tips. I need to send more notes in my kids lunches....I'm slacking. And I used to leave notes on hubbies car...thanks for all the reminders!

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    1. You're very welcome and you should start sending those notes once again.

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  20. These are great ideas how to show some appreciation. I really love cut a few flowers.

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    1. Fresh flowers are amazing to get for sure.

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  21. Still the best ways to show your love! I love receiving flowers and cards from my husband when we're younger! And now, he's still doing that! Yay!

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    1. That is awesome, shows that he still has those feelings from when he was younger. Not much people do that these days so you've got a great husband there.

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  22. I love to give a gift with a handwritten letter of thanks. Flowers are always a nice way to say thanks as well.

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    1. Handwritten letters aren't that common anymore so that is great. I haven't written a letter in a long time. I miss those good old days.

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  23. I try to teach my kids to pay it forward everyday, whether a family member or a stranger. So good to see more ways that we can do this

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    1. That is awesome, not many parents teach their kids to pay it forward so good to know that you are.

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  24. These are all such great ideas. I would love any of these. I love it when my girls make me notes!

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    1. Doesn't it make you feel special. Imagine how it would feel if you do the same for someone else.

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  25. I love handwritten notes from people. It means they took the time to slow down and truly think about me and what they were saying to me.

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    1. That is very true and that's why I love giving them.

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  26. These are some great tips!!!! It's crazy how one little complement can change someone's entire day!

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    1. That is very true, sometimes all someone wants to hear is that they look lovely today. Compliments do make my day.

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  27. I tell them every now and then what their friendship means to me, and why. :) Homemade cards from the kids are always nice, so I bet making one for someone would be well received too. I've never done it before, but I just thought of it, so I might. :)

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    1. You really should and I'm happy to hear that you thought of it yourself. :)

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  28. I love receiving flowers and simple letters from my hubby. I feel so appreciated!

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    1. Flowers and letters sure would make my day too. :)

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  29. Everyone of us honestly expect some kind of appreciation, no matter where it comes from as it really has a positive impact in everything you do. Making a public notice with Social Media is a great idea and giving any compliments or atleast a hand-written note could help as well.

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    1. Yes we all want some sort of appreciation and it does make us feel better about things when we're shown that we're appreciated.

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  30. While I rarely write poems, I have friends who can do so like it's nothing. I envy that.
    I think showing appreciation in the little ways you can - both in your comfort zone and even a little out of it - is so key.
    Right now I am barely speaking to Cassidy and I don't even know why. It makes me realize that dropping those appreciation symbols can be harmful.

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    1. Oh so sorry to hear that but I know that you and Cassidy probably just need some more alone time together. Write him a note before he goes to work letting him know how much you appreciate him being there for you and the kids. Or send him a cute text, that'll work.

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  31. Important to stop sometimes and just give a compliment. Goes a long way.

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    1. Oh you'll be surprised at how just saying "you look nice today" can make someone's day. :)

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