How long has it been since you have sat down to write out a list of your blessings? If you’ve never, we recommend you complete this exercise sometime soon. Writing down your blessings or keeping a gratitude journal helps you keep a positive perspective on life. After all, a thankful heart is a happy heart.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- How to Tell Someone You Appreciate Their Support After a Tragedy or Loss
- How to Tell Someone You Appreciate Their Time or Talents
- How to Tell Someone You Appreciate Their Presence
- ‘I Appreciate You’ Quotes to Share
- ‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for a Friend
- ‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for a Partner or Spouse
- ‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for Coworkers, Bosses, or Clients
- Emotional ‘I Appreciate You’ Messages
- ‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for a Teacher or Mentor
- Short ‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for a Quick Text or Email
You may notice a common theme as you write down your blessings. You may see that the essential things in life aren’t things. Instead, you see all the people in your inner circle that mean the most to you.
Let’s all make a personal goal this year to tell our loved ones that they are appreciated. Not only will this give our friends and family members warm fuzzies, but they may be inspired by your kind words and share appreciative messages to their inner circle as well. Our kind messages may have a ripple effect on the world. Let’s spread happiness, everyone!
How to Tell Someone You Appreciate Their Support After a Tragedy or Loss
If you recently experienced a tragedy in your life, you know how much the support from your family and friends means. Tell those who helped you during your darkest times that you appreciate their support. You may consider texting individual messages, writing formal thank you notes, or sending out a blanket message to your connections on social media. Here are some sample messages to consider.
1. Most of you know by now that I recently lost my mom. Although I am heartbroken by this loss, I truly appreciate each kindness that I have experienced from you, my friends and family, in the past week. Thank you for all the messages, cards, food deliveries, and prayers.
This is a sample message that you may want to use to respond to condolences over your social media account. Using Facebook to express appreciation is socially acceptable. Still, you may consider sending out hand-written thank you notes to those who went above and beyond in supporting you during your difficult time.
2. I know that you understand what I am going through since you also lost your baby. I truly appreciate your words of support and encouragement during this devastating time. You have been such an amazing friend.
Write a card or text a friend if you appreciate having someone who is connected in grief with you.
3. It’s during difficult times that one learns the importance of close friends and family. Thank you so much for your kind words.
This sentiment could be written on a thank you note, texted to a friend, or posted to a social media account. This statement is rather generic, so it would be best if you added in details to personalize the message if you are sending it to individuals.
4. I truly appreciate your kind actions after my father died. Thank you for bringing over the meal and picking up my uncle from the airport. It’s lovely knowing that I have a friend as thoughtful as you.
This is an example of a personalized message that you could write or text to someone who did something kind for you.
5. Even though I plan to send notes out later, I would like to thank all of you for offering your support during my husband’s long battle with cancer. You are the best coworkers that anyone could imagine, and I appreciate everything you have done for me.
Don’t forget to express appreciation for your coworkers and boss if they supported you during the death of a family member. Chances are, they helped you more than you will ever know.
How to Tell Someone You Appreciate Their Time or Talents
You probably aren’t good at everything. Or maybe you are talented, but you don’t have time to do all that you wish to complete. Did you recently have to turn to someone for help? Here’s how to express appreciation to that individual.
6. What would I do without you? I appreciate all the extra work you completed for the recent fundraiser. The decorations were lovely, and the programs were perfect. I am sure there are countless other things that you did to make things run smoothly. Thank you so much.
Are you the head of a committee? Make sure those working with you understand how much you appreciate their help. Those who feel appreciated may be more likely to volunteer again the next time you need help.
7. I appreciate friends like you. Thank you for driving both legs of the carpool for the last month so I could spend more time with my mom when she was going through chemo.
Sometimes we forget to express appreciation for the little things, but those little things mean so much when you are in crisis mode.
8. Thank you so much for your help with writing my dad’s obituary. You were able to perfectly express how special my dad was to everyone who knew him.
People remember to thank others for bringing meals or for sending flowers. Don’t forget to express appreciation to the people who utilized their talents when you needed help.
9. Thank you for singing at Judy’s funeral. I know that Judy was looking down and smiling as you sang her favorite hymn so beautifully.
Did someone sing at your family member’s funeral? Did someone else run the AV equipment, and still another person give the eulogy? Remember to express your appreciation to all those individuals for their time and talents.
10. We know that your time is precious. That’s why we would like to thank you for judging this weekend’s debate tournament. The students appreciated your insightful comments on your ballots.
There could be a wide variety of reasons that you need to express appreciation to someone. Any time a person volunteers for a school function, you need to say thanks.
How to Tell Someone You Appreciate Their Presence
Do you have a friend who seems to know when her presence is needed? Perhaps she shows up on your doorstep with a bottle of wine and a shoulder to cry on? Tell your friend or family member how much you appreciate them being there when you need someone’s support.
11. I was genuinely touched that you took the time to attend my mom’s funeral. Your support means the world to me. Thank you!
Make sure you thank people who attend the funeral of a family member. No one enjoys going to funerals, so they should be commended for taking the time to offer you support.
12. I know things have been stressful lately. Thank you for taking on more of the household responsibilities, caring for our kids, and offering me endless love and support while I sat with Mom. I love and appreciate you so much.
We send thank-you notes to bosses, coworkers, friends, and extended family members. We sometimes don’t show appreciation to those closest to us. Don’t forget to thank your husband or wife.
13. How could you tell that I needed you to come over the other night? Thank you for showing up with ice cream and listening to me as I processed my latest relationship drama. You are such a great friend.
A good friend just shows up without asking. Take good care of those people in your life. They are worth their weight in gold.
14. During the last month, I have had dozens of people reach out during my time of need. Even though I appreciate those sentiments, I am touched that you came over the night that mom died.
Be the friend who shows up with a meal when you know one is needed. Thoughts and prayers can go a long way, but being there means so much more in someone’s time of need.
15. I know you understand the pain of losing someone you love. Thank you for coming to my brother’s funeral.
Some people have a difficult time attending funerals. One of the main concerns people have is knowing what to say. That’s why so many people turn to the phrase, “I’m sorry for your loss.” Be gracious to those people, and thank them for being present at the funeral.
‘I Appreciate You’ Quotes to Share
When you have difficulty coming up with the right words to express how you feel, you might consider borrowing quotes from another person. Here are some published quotes that express appreciation.
16. “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?” by William Arthur Ward
You can use this quote to lead into your message of appreciation.
17. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it,” by William Arthur Ward
Here’s another quote by William Arthur Ward about the importance of saying “I appreciate you” to the important people in your life.
18. “If the only prayer you say in your whole life is thank you,’ that would suffice,” by Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart is a German theologian who died in 1328.
19. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls,” by Aesop
Feel good about expressing appreciation for those important people around you. Doing so means you have a “noble soul.”
20. “People with trusting, quality friendships may be introverts, enthusiastic, dull, extroverts, young, old, homely, good-looking; but the two characteristics they always have in common are openness and sincerity,” by Glenn Van Ekeren
Show appreciation for your open and sincere friend.
21. “A friend is one who walks in when others walk out,” by Walter Winchell
You may have heard this quote before, but consider using it to express appreciation for a friend who was there when you needed them.
22. “Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,” by George Eliot
Isn’t it nice having an open conversation without worrying that you might say the wrong thing? Appreciate those types of friends because they are few and far between.
23. “Friendship is a sheltering tree,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Has your friend provided shelter from the difficulties you have faced in the world? Show appreciation to them.
24. “A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably,” by William Penn
If you have a friend that fits this description, make sure you tell them how amazing they are.
25. “Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise,” Greek Proverb
Showing appreciation to someone isn’t the same as flattery.
‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for a Friend
Did you recently reach out to one of your friends for help or support? Tell them how much you appreciate them by sharing one of these quotes.
26. “The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship,” by Joseph Addison
Don’t forget to tell your friends how much you value them.
27. “A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Who wouldn’t want to be called the “masterpiece of nature”?
28. “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau was one of Emerson’s best friends.
29. “Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joy, and dividing our grief,” by Joseph Addison
Don’t hesitate to tell your friend you need them during your time of grief. Your friend probably wants to help but doesn’t know what to do.
30. “A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same,” by Elbert Hubbard
Are you always easy to be around? Your true friends will stick with you even if you’re not at your best.
31. “It is not the talking that counts between friends, it is the never needing to say what counts,” by Shawn Green
Can you communicate with your friend without saying anything? Good friends may only need to share a look to know what the other person is thinking.
32. “Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were the easiest for his feet,” by John Selden
Share this quote with a favorite friend who wouldn’t take offense at being called an “old shoe.”
33. “A friend is a person who likes you for what you are, in spite of all your faults, all your shortcomings,” by Alfred Armand Montapert
Do you appreciate a friend who loves you even though you have many faults?
34. “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down,” by Oprah Winfrey
Celebrate those friends who stick with you during the rough times of life.
35. “A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else,” by Len Wein
Do you need to show appreciation to a friend who was there for you during a difficult time? Consider using this quote.
36. “A faithful friend is the medicine of life,” Ecclesiastes 6:16
Share this with a friend who is there for you when you are not at your best.
‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for a Partner or Spouse
When dolling out “thank yous” and messages of appreciation, it’s often easy to overlook those living in your household. Yet, more than likely, these are the people who help you the most when times get tough.
Here are some messages about the love and appreciation between partners and spouses.
37. “Where there is great love there are miracles,” Willa Cather
Willa Cather is a renowned American author who wrote My Antonia and O Pioneers!
38. “Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness,” by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes was an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who Theodore Roosevelt nominated.
39. “Love...binds everything together in perfect harmony,” Colossians 3:14
This doesn’t mean that you and your partner will always have a harmonious relationship. It shows that love will bind you together during difficult times.
40. “In the coldest February, as in every other month in every other year, the best thing to hold on to in this world is each other,” by Linda Ellerbee
Hold on to the one you love during the cold times of your life.
41. “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love,” by Sophocles
Did your spouse or partner recently help you through a difficult time? Here’s a quote to express appreciation.
42. “Love sought is good, but given unsought is better,” by William Shakespeare
Hopefully, your spouse or partner knows when you need a tender touch or a show of support.
43. “Choose to be a love-finder rather than a faultfinder,” by Gerald Jampolsky
It’s easy to find fault in others. Tell your spouse or partner that you are thankful that they overlook your flaws.
44. “Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet known for many poems, including “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
45. “True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked,” by Erich Segal
Erich Segal is the author of Love Story.
46. “Do not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead, perfect your love,” by Master Sengstan
Appreciate those who don’t expect perfection from you.
47. “Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone,” by Morrie Schwartz
Morrie Schwartz was the subject of the book Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom.
‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for Coworkers, Bosses, or Clients
We’ll give you a mixture of quotes from famous people and samples of text to share with coworkers, bosses, or clients you appreciate. Of course, it’s important to express appreciation from a business (and fiscal) perspective. However, it’s more important to express gratitude to others because it spreads kindness throughout the world.
48. Thank you so much for being a fantastic client. You always provide me with the information and tools I need to be successful and offer helpful feedback. I look forward to assisting you with many more projects!
Perhaps some of your clients are easier to work with than others. Share specific details on what makes your favorite client stand out from the rest.
49. “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.” – Thomas Edison
Make sure you include both of these sentences if you share this quote with your boss.
50. Some of my friends hate Sunday evenings because they know they have to go to work the next day. Thank you, friends, for being great coworkers. I’ve never faced a Sunday night with dread.
Someone I once talked with said that the stopwatch sound from 60 Minutes made them anxious because when they heard it, they knew they would have to go to work the following day.
51. “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” – Arthur Toynbee
Arthur Toynbee was a British historian and author.
52. I decided not to wait for National Boss’ Day to express my appreciation this year. Thank you for being so kind when I was diagnosed with Covid. I know that my illness put a strain on the operation, but you never made me feel bad for not being able to work from home.
Don’t wait for the “right day” to tell someone you appreciate them.
53. “The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.” – John Ruskin
Share this quote with a boss or coworkers if you feel you have grown as a person while working at your job.
54. I appreciate how much everyone stepped up while I cared for my mom. You all went above and beyond what typical employees would do, and I appreciate you all from the bottom of my heart.
Don’t forget to express your appreciation to your employees. Employees who feel valued and appreciated are less likely to leave.
Emotional ‘I Appreciate You’ Messages
Some people have difficulty expressing appreciation because they don’t want to show their emotions. While we understand this predicament, you could always send a message to your friend or family member. However, if you are worried that this would be too impersonal, consider writing a handwritten letter and sending it through the mail.
Here are some snippets to consider when telling someone you appreciate them from the bottom of your heart.
55. I wouldn’t be here today if you hadn’t checked in on me last month. Thank you for encouraging me to go to the doctor. Even though I knew something was wrong, I was burying my head in the sand.
Sometimes a person’s actions are a matter of life or death.
56. “We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” – Luciano de Crescenzo
We love this quote because it exemplifies that you can still play an essential role in someone’s life even if you are damaged.
57. You are the most important person in my life. Even though we don’t always see eye to eye on matters of politics or religion, I don’t know what I would do without you in my life.
Sometimes arguments with loved ones can become emotional. If you argued with someone you love, it might be time for an emotional apology.
58. “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer
Share this quote with the person who “rekindled your inner spirit.”
59. The last year has been the toughest of my life. I appreciate all that you have done to help me get through it. Besides providing meals and giving me a shoulder to cry on, you have listened to me without offering advice or judgment. Thank you for being such an amazing best friend.
We all need that friend who will listen to our rants.
60. “Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.” – Epicurus
Share this quote with a friend who makes you entirely happy.
61. I know I haven’t been myself lately. I’m so sorry that I haven’t returned your calls or texts. I want you to know that I’m doing okay, but I need some time by myself to process what happened. Please know that I appreciate you and your kind heart.
Let your friends know that you appreciate them – even if you aren’t ready to see them.
‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for a Teacher or Mentor
Who was your favorite teacher? Did they encourage you into your career path, or did they offer kindness when you needed it most? Write a note to your favorite teacher or mentor. Teachers are overworked and underpaid. Sometimes it’s these messages of appreciation that keep them in the profession.
62. Thank you for being such an excellent teacher to our Brock! He has bloomed this year and become much more confident in his reading and writing. He no longer complains about going to school, and he’s stopped with the negative self-talk that was constant in the past. You are making a difference in the life of these kids! Thank you!
Be as specific as you can when you share messages of appreciation to a teacher (or anyone else).
63. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams
Let this quote sink in for a bit. A teacher who works in the profession their entire lives has a chance to influence thousands of children.
64. I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you that I graduated from med school last week. You probably don’t realize it, but your one comment to me in eighth grade encouraged me on this journey. Thank you for being such an encouraging teacher.
Teachers love to hear from past students. So send a message to a former teacher today.
65. “A teacher’s major contribution may pop out anonymously in the life of some ex-student’s grandchild.” – Wendell Berry
If you are a teacher, you may never know the span of your influence.
66. You may not remember me, but I was in your third-grade class. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your kindness to me during that year. I was in foster care at the time, and life was hard. But, you made sure that I got a book at the book fair, that I had someone to sit by me on Grandparent’s Day, and that someone was cheering for me during field day. I’ll never forget your kindness.
Think back to your past teachers, and let them know how much you appreciate them.
67. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
We love this quote by Einstein that emphasizes the importance of creativity.
Short ‘I Appreciate You’ Messages for a Quick Text or Email
Maybe you don’t have the time to write a full-blown letter to a friend you appreciate. Instead, here are some quick phrases or quotes to send to someone in a text or an email.
68. Thanks for all of your work on this project!
Of course, you can follow up this text with a longer message.
69. Thanks for finding a need and filling it! I can always count on you!
“Find a need and fill it” is a quote by Henry J. Kaiser.
70. You rock!
Perhaps this isn’t what the “kids are saying these days.” If that’s the case, replace “you rock” with a more modern expression.
71. You make life easy.
This short, sweet sentiment will surely make your friend know how much you appreciate them.
72. “The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship.” – Joseph Addison
Thank your friend for sweetening your life.
73. “What a great blessing is a friend with a heart so trusty you may safely bury all your secrets in it.” – Seneca
Share this with a friend who you can trust with your secrets. Not only will this quote show the appreciation that they are such good listeners, but it will also remind them not to repeat what you told them.
74. “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.” – Aristotle
Show appreciation to your friend by sharing this short quote by Aristotle.
75. I am thankful that you are not only my boss, but you are also a good friend.
Here’s a friendly, quick message to your boss/friend.
76. “You changed my life without even trying, and I don’t think I could ever tell you how much you mean to me. I can’t imagine what things would be like if I hadn’t met you.” – Steve Maraboli
We know this isn’t a “short” quote, but it’s too good not to share.
77. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde
Share this quote with someone who helped you in a small but significant way.
78. Thanks for always being there for me – even when I’m a pain in the rear.
Your friend may nod knowingly when they receive this message.
79. Sending you a virtual hug! I appreciate you!
You could probably find a GIF with this sentiment.
80. Thank you for always giving me that extra push I need.
Sometimes our friends or family members know what to say to keep us motivated.
When Words Are Difficult
Are you the type of person who thinks of the perfect thing to say days after an event? Do you get stressed when writing a condolence email or another expression of sympathy? Everyone feels tongue-tied or faces writer’s block at times. This is especially common if you are communicating with someone who has just experienced a crisis or tragedy.
Be kind to yourself. We have all experienced moments when words are difficult to find.