Big thank you to all our valued guests, fans and supporters! Receiving the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award is a true source of pride for our entire team at the.
As we approach the end of the year on behalf of all of us here in the UK, we would like to sincerely thank all of you for your support to Akshaya Patra and to our wonderful children as we work towards eradicating classroom hunger. Your support has helped us to reach thousands of more children, support us in setting up operations in Tripura – now our 12th state and open up quite a few new kitchens this year.
Each one of the children you have supported is now on their journey to unleash their genius and become the best version of themselves.
Our kitchens are more than a scalable operated site or factory to us, it is where the seeds of hope get planted. Not only are they packed with the latest machinery and measures to track our everyday efficiency but are every morning cooking up freshly prepared meals to perfection ensuring they are nutritionally balanced for the children we serve. We use the term ‘kitchen’ as we want to serve hot plates of food as it would be prepared with the same affection and nutritious ingredients, as a parent would for their child. Hence Akshaya Patra kitchens are all expressions of our labour of love.
As always, we welcome your support and partnerships, and would like to offer a warm welcome to our new supporters, volunteers and fundraisers who joined our family this year, by partnering through our different initiatives enabling us to strive towards our mission of serving 5 million children by 2020. Your support is much appreciated and we are very grateful to each one of you.
Recently we celebrated 17 years of Akshaya Patra, all thanks to your continued ongoing passion and support for a place where every child, can just be, a child; free from the tangles of hunger and poverty to pursue their dreams. Our humble thanks of gratitude to all those who made this happen and look forward to future endeavours.
Wishing you a very happy new year, from all the 1.7 million children we serve daily, and from all of us at Akshaya Patra, thank you.
Just a quick note to say how much our team has appreciate your continued support during the transition. We wish you all the best in the new year. ------ Thank.
Whether you’re job searching, working on your professional development, or building your career, you’ve probably been in a situation that warranted showing appreciation and gratitude. Perhaps you received a job lead and a pep talk from a former colleague. Maybe you had an informational interview with someone who has now taken you under their wing and is serving as a mentor. It might even be a family member who’s your greatest fan. Whatever the situation, one way to show gratitude is to write a thank-you note that expresses your appreciation.
Before getting into writing the content for your thank you letters, let’s ask the question, “why gratitude?” What is it about being appreciative that even makes it important? Showing gratitude is a great way to clear your mind when you are feeling overwhelmed. After moving at top speed or going through routine motions for a while, slow down the pace so you can contemplate how those around you add value to your life in some way. Knowing who you are thankful for and for what reasons can really help you strike a balance.
Like a hug, expressing appreciation typically feels good to both giver and receiver. In addition to making someone else’s day, showing gratitude packs a powerful punch of other benefits. According to studies by Robert Emmons, gratitude’s physical, psychological, and emotional perks include:
For these reasons, we suggest exploring opportunities for saying “thank you.” It doesn’t have to be reserved for after a job interview. Here are some ideas for identifying other situations worthy of a note of thanks or gratitude. The following samples are designed to help you get your inspiration flowing:
Let’s say you have a friend who’s really in-the-know about the latest job openings, and customizes what she sends you based on your interests and a strong understanding of your abilities. A thank-you note is a great way to not only show appreciation but also let them know they are really on the mark with the job leads and suggestions they give. Try a note like this:
I just wanted to share how much the job leads you send mean to me. The attention you pay to the details of each opportunity is clear to see, because the ones you send match not only my interests but my abilities. What you do is really motivating and keeps me uplifted in my job search. To know that you consider me able to do _____________ and _____________ enhances my confidence in myself. It keeps me inspired to apply for more jobs where my ________ skills can really shine. I really appreciate that you’ve taken such an interest in my job search and am grateful for the way you’ve stepped in as my personal “career sleuth!”
Why this works: In addition to expressing your appreciation, you are affirming that what your friend has sent is helpful to you, and that if they continue sending similar leads, they are on the right track.
So you got up the courage to ask someone for an informational interview, and they really took you under their wing. Maybe they went above and beyond to keep the conversation going, shared great resources, or invited you to an event that will be attended by some key hiring managers in your field…plus gave you the low-down on their typical hiring practices. What to say to show your gratitude:
Thank you for taking the time to chat with me about your career in __(industry, cause area)_ over the last few weeks. I learned so much about _____ and _______, and will be sure to check out the latest set of insights and leads you shared with me. I am so appreciative of not only the way you have taken me under your wing after our first meeting, but your generosity with your time and resources. The interest that you show in my success and development is something for which I feel very grateful.
Please know that my offer to assist with your ________ project still stands. If my skills are not the best match, I’m happy to pass along the message to my contacts in an effort to find a great volunteer!
Why this works: In addition to showing your gratitude, you are offering to assist your mentor. If your skills are not an appropriate match, showing willingness to tap into your networks is a great alternative!
Many of us have a family member who has earned the title “biggest fan.” In their eyes, no challenge is so insurmountable that we can’t overcome it and our every accomplishment is worthy of celebration and praise. Here’s an example of showing gratitude via the written word:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the support you’ve shown me throughout my career, particularly during my latest __(race to a promotion, job search, unemployment fiasco)______. You’ve always been someone I could call my “biggest fan.” What means the most to me is that you do more than tell me I’m “great” at what I do, or that I’m a shoe-in for an opportunity. You take it a few steps beyond and share the reasons why you think so. Sometimes it seems like you remember my achievements even better than I do myself. I always appreciate your ability to see how my talents can make a difference and you’ve made me a believer too! After a chat with you, I always feel more confident and capable, and for that I will always be grateful.
Why this works: Keeping it warm and appreciative is a great way to strengthen familial bonds. It expresses not just appreciation but understanding of the effects your “biggest fan” has on your well-being and confidence. When they know it’s working, they are more likely to keep it up!
Whether you’ve been stumbling over an appropriate response to a workplace issue or you’ve been scrounging for the most cost-effective way to get a project completed, sometimes the help of a colleague can really make the difference. When you’ve had a colleague “save the day,” try a note like this:
When you found me sitting at my desk unproductively tapping my pen against it last week, you could have just walked on by and left me to my _(writer’s block, unresolved issue, confusion…)_. Instead, you pulled over a seat and went right to work with me. I can’t thank you enough for not only your teamwork and support, but for your vote of confidence. You really pulled me out of my work slump. I also appreciate the way you used your insights from your department to develop a really seamless solution that provides benefits all around! Knowing now how your team tackles ______, I’m happy to compare notes the next time you are working on ____________ so we can achieve similar success.
Why this works: Positive interactions with colleagues allow for a more supportive relationship that can help everyone thrive. While your co-worker may have stepped in without any expectation of you returning the favor, always take an opportunity to see your organization and its work from the perspective of another department- maybe even identify a way that you can provide insights for that area.
This person knows that talking it out might just be all you need. No unsolicited ideas or solutions, brainstorming sessions, or “I told you so’s” this friend simply lets you vent and work out your feelings. When you want to express feelings of a different kind, try something like this:
When you stopped by yesterday, you may not have known just what you were getting into by asking me how things are going. And after letting me talk for nearly an hour about __(current issue in your professional life)_____, I wanted to express my appreciation. The sympathetic way you just listened without going into “solution mode” was just what I needed. I really felt heard and understood- you have a rare gift for that! Thank you not only for being there, but for giving me exactly what I needed at the time. I can now say that after thinking “out loud”, I feel ready to tackle this issue head-on. Thank you!
Why this works: This note shows that in addition to being appreciative of the person’s time and attention, you are ready to take the “next step.” People are more inclined to help out in the way you need them to when they feel like it makes a true, lasting difference.
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You don't have to give a big speech or write a long thank you letter to let someone know you appreciate them. Sometimes short is sweet.
People always appreciate it when you take the time to thank them for a gift, especially if they didn't get to see you open it, as with wedding gifts.
For someone who has been there for you or encouraged you a message of gratitude is very much appreciated.
To help keep things positive in the workplace a few words of thanks or support can go a long way to making employees feel appreciated.
If you want to add to these examples of words of appreciation to craft a longer thank you, you can read more Words of Appreciation offering quotes and thoughtful messages.
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Saying thank you is a simple and often overlooked way to show someone how much they mean to you. The gesture is made even more special when you’ve taken the time to include a small gift and handwrite a nice message in order to express your gratitude.
We’ve shared some of our favorite ways to say thank you that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Did you just have a birthday, wedding or baby shower and want to thank your party guests for showering you with gifts? A thoughtful note is a great way to share your gratitude. Make the sentiment really special by telling them specifically how they’ve brightened your day. Don’t be afraid to have some fun or admit how excited you are to use their gift!
Start your letter with one of these sentiments:
Whether a friend, family member or stranger has gone out of their way for you, surprise them with a small gift to show that their kind deed didn’t go unnoticed! A candle or incense are both inexpensive options to add to your thank you note for a little something extra.
You can customize one of these for your situation:
They are your partner in crime and have your back no matter what. Let your bestie know how much they mean to you by putting together a gift basket that’s just for them. Customize it with their favorite drink, a gift card to that boutique they always talk about, or items like bubble bath, an eye mask and slippers for a relaxing night in. Play with silly puns or recount your favorite memory with them to show how much their friendship means to you.
Here are some other ways to let a friend know how great they are:
Do you have a spouse or significant other that is always surprising you with kind acts? Take the time to tell them how much you love them by baking a sweet treat or buying them their favorite dessert. Add a short note with three reasons why they are amazing and watch their smile light up the room.
Get inspired to tell your sweetie how much you love them with one of these kind thoughts:
There are a few different moments when it’s appropriate to take the time to tell your boss or colleagues how much you appreciate them and their work. Maybe you just finished a project that you know you couldn’t have done without a co-worker’s expertise or your manager just lent valuable advice. Say thank you by giving some savory snacks to the person that needs a mid-afternoon pick me up or a new coffee mug to the early riser.
Here are a few ideas for telling someone that you are grateful for their contributions:
The great thing about saying thank you, is that it just needs to be sincere to matter. For those times where a simple, heartfelt reminder of your gratitude is all that’s needed, these will do the trick:
If you really want to make someone’s day, include a gift basket or some tasty treats that you picked out just for them to enjoy. No matter how you say it or what gift you surprise someone with, they are sure to appreciate your gratitude.
Click here to download our free printables that will give you nine great ways to say thank you, like with a gift tag or coffee sleeve!
Before getting into writing the content for your thank you letters, let's ask the I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the support you've.