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It’s rare for people to dole out words of gratitude actively. Most statements of thanks come in response to an action. You thank someone for providing you with directions when you’re lost, helping you reach something off a high shelf, or giving you a neat gift. But there are some people whose heartfelt actions end up overlooked. Here are some people you need to thank right now for positively impacting your life in subtle but meaningful ways.

Your Family

Your family has played a huge role in shaping you into the person you are today. It’s easy to take your family members for granted. They’re your family. It’s only natural you would lend each other a helping hand, right?

But even though helping your family might seem like a requirement, that doesn’t mean your family’s supportive actions are any less deserving of thanks. The next time you see your grandparents, parents, siblings, or other close relatives, make sure to show your appreciation for everything they’ve done to support you throughout the years.

Your Coworkers

Just like with family, it’s easy to take your coworkers for granted. You’re all in the same boat. Therefore, it doesn’t hurt to help with other peoples’ projects from time to time, offer helpful advice, and bring in donuts and coffee as an occasional (and much-needed) morning treat.

In fact, a positive work environment benefits everyone in the long run. But these generous everyday actions aren’t formal requirements. Your coworkers don’t have to lend you a hand or spend their hard-earned money on treats. So, the next time they do, give them a hearty thank you! You’ll make them feel like their actions have a genuine impact on others in the workplace and compel them to keep being kind.

Your Pastor

If you’re a regular church-goer, another person you need to thank right now is your pastor. Being a pastor can be exhausting—most pastors work themselves to the bone to meet the lofty expectations of their job.

Some simple words of inspiration can show your pastor that their tireless efforts have made a positive difference in the lives of their dedicated flock and encourage them to continue doing their best. Don’t hesitate to show your appreciation to your pastor by offering them some of your time, either. Helping with yard work, babysitting, or tasks around the church can take a massive load off their back.



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