Of course, a "thank you" is always appreciated -- but, we've all become so used to hearing those two little words, they've all but lost their meaning in many cases.
When someone does something that inspires you to offer an expression that seems even more heartfelt and sincere, you might find yourself struggling to demonstrate your thankfulness -- without relying on those oft-repeated words.
So, here are four better ways to thank someone (that don't involve those two little words you hear so often).
1. "I really appreciate that."
Yes, this is essentially what the phrase "thank you" means. But, explicitly saying it to someone who helped you out can have a much greater impact than relying on that phrase that's uttered over and over again.
You can also alter this phrase to say, "I really appreciate you," to further demonstrate that you not only recognize that person's efforts to help you out, but that you're also extremely grateful for his or her assistance. You're not only appreciative of what was done -- you're appreciative of who did it.
2. "You're a lifesaver."
Recognizing results is another great way to sincerely show your gratitude. What's an easy way to accomplish that? Explaining how that person helped you out is the best place to start.
Perhaps a teammate grabbed the reins for a part of a project you kept pushing to the back burner. A simple statement like, "You're a lifesaver! My plate has been so full, and having that off my hands helps so much," shows your appreciation -- while also adequately highlighting the impact that person's help had on you.
3. "How can I repay you?"
There's no better way to show your gratitude than by being willing to return the favor when the opportunity arises. So, posing this question is an immediate way to show that you're more than ready act on your appreciation -- rather than just talk about it.
In most cases, people will respond to this with something like, "Don't worry about it!" But, that doesn't mean asking it is a total waste. Again, it's an effective way to make that person feel especially recognized and valued.
4. Actions speak louder than words.
Alright, perhaps you'll consider this last point a bit of a cheater -- after all, it's not an actual phrase that you can use to replace that classic "thank you". However, this tip has a huge impact, making it worthy of mention regardless.
As you already know, saying and showing are two very different things. So, if you feel the need to go the extra mile with your level of appreciation, consider acting on it. Write a handwritten note or call out that person's contributions in a meeting with your team.
Do what you need to do to not only say you're grateful -- but show it.
There are plenty of times you want to express heartfelt appreciation. But, sometimes a standard "thank you" doesn't seem like quite enough.
In those cases, use one of the above four options, and you're sure to get your gratitude across in a way that's effective and genuine.