"Thank you" is the default way to express gratitude, from everyday sign-offs on our emails to acknowledging a small act of kindness such as someone holding open a door for you. But there are some moments when thank you hardly seems big enough. If you’re stuck on a way to express how grateful you are, here are some fresh ideas for how to say thank you.
"Thanks a million!" or "Thanks a bunch!"
These cheerful words are best used when you’re positively excited about what someone has done for you – like picked up a work shift at the last minute, or surprised you with concert tickets to a sold-out show. Adding superlatives isn’t disingenuous in this case; it simply shows you’re overwhelmingly happy that someone has swept in and made your day. If these feel a little too spirited for you, a simple “Thanks so much” or “Thanks a ton” has a similar effect.
"Heartfelt thanks" or "Sincere thanks"
Sure, all thanks are felt to some degree, but adding a qualifier that speaks to the heart is a way to show a more somber appreciation for someone. These words are often reserved for occasions a bit more serious and imply you’ve spent an extra moment to reach out and thank this person – and it’ll be felt on the other end.
"I’m so grateful" or "I’m eternally grateful"
When someone has made a personal impact upon your life, you want your gratitude to match up to importance. Using the word "grateful" in your response is a way of citing how lucky or blessed you are to have this person’s kindness in your life. If you're on your phone, throw a praying hands emoji in there for emphasis.
"You rock" or "You’re the best"
Someone lending a hand as a one-off thing is worthy of a thank you. But someone consistently standing up for you? That’s a perfect time to highlight how amazing they are. Add in a few specifics about why they rock, and you’ll be sure to put a smile on their face.
"I can’t thank you enough"
Scratching your head on a way to stress how important this thank you is? The words "thank you" simply aren’t enough, or can’t be said enough to express your gratitude. “Words cannot describe how thankful I am for...” is another way to get this expression of extreme gratitude across.
"I appreciate" or "My sincere appreciation"
If you want to speak to someone’s helpfulness, one smart thing to do is highlight the specifics of what you appreciate about them, or what they’ve done for you. Showing appreciation and admiration is an easy way to personalize your thank you.
"I owe you one" or "I’ll get you back"
Some people don’t like the feeling of being indebted to someone else. While it’s always polite to say thanks, feel free to tack on a promise to return the kindness in the future to express your appreciation.