In the spirit of Turkey Day, here are 18 ways to say grazie.
1) Give a neighbor a compliment: “That giant turkey decoration on your front lawn is so stylish!”
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2) Buy a box of note cards and use them—a handwritten thank you note is better than an email. It just is.
3) Compile a holiday tip list. Thank the house cleaner, dog groomer, newspaper delivery guy or anyone else who provides a service that makes life easier.
5) Start a gratitude journal. Three times a week, write down one thing you're thankful for. There's got to be something.
6) Thank your partner or spouse for putting up with you.
7) Kick-start a donation drive. Here's an idea: Ask several local dentists if they'll donate a carton of toothbrushes to the homeless. Then drop them the boxes off at local homeless shelter.
8) Buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks.
9) Send an email to a relative you haven't spoken to in ages.
10) Did you meet a super-helpful salesperson? Tell their manager.
11) Make a donation to a veterans' charity, such as Homes for Our Troops. We can't thank our military enough these days.
12) Ask a homeless person what they'd like for lunch—and buy it for them.
13) Babysit for a friend who needs some free time. Kids can drive anyone nuts.
14) Leave chocolates for the office receptionist.
15) Instead of hitting the big-box retailer this Christmas, shop local.
16) Reward your pooch with an extra-long walk.
17) Encourage your child to pick a new toy, and together, donate it to Toys for Tots.
18) Hosting Thanksgiving dinner? Leave a thank you note under all your guests' plates: “Dad, thank you for taking me to Disney when I was seven.” Or something like that.
RYAN HOMES QUESTION: Can you share another way to give thanks?