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Do you offer a reward to someone who finds your lost dog?

My dog is a runner. When someone finds her and gives her back to me, is it appropriate to offer them a small reward for their trouble? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Sep 3, 2016 - 22 answers

Staying-over etiquette in new relationship?

Specifically, where there's an imbalance between living situations - where one lives alone and has all the mod-cons, the other's in a studenty hovel crawling with housemates. [more inside]
posted by youhavedeadedme on Jul 26, 2016 - 30 answers

Seeking small ways to practice gratitude and generosity

What are some little things that you do to express gratitude for / generosity toward people around you, like friends, loved ones, or colleagues, that don't require too much time or money? [more inside]
posted by Owl of Athena on Jul 24, 2016 - 21 answers

My Starbucks barista is totally rad. How can I thank her?

On weekend mornings, I head over to my local Starbucks for a grande green tea latte (sweetened) and a blueberry scone (warmed). The head barista there always remembers me and my order. (In fact, today my order was already ready when I arrived!) These little acts of kindness really put a smile on my face and I'd like to show my appreciation. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Apr 30, 2016 - 22 answers

Letter of appreciation to teacher with late-stage cancer?

I recently discovered that my inspirational secondary school art teacher, Mr W, has lung cancer. Reports from my family suggest that it could be late-stage and not being treated, though his wife says they are 'staying positive'. Can I convey my thanks and best wishes without intruding at this time? [more inside]
posted by doornoise on Mar 21, 2016 - 14 answers

How can I feel grateful for things I don't feel I deserve?

Keeping a gratitude journal is supposed to make you feel happier, but instead it frequently fills me with guilt and shame because it reminds me that my life is full of good things I've done nothing to deserve. How can I allow myself to be happy about the good things in my life? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Nov 19, 2015 - 31 answers

Putting things into perspective.

Occasionally, I get a glimpse of exactly how (un)important my first world problems are. How can I hold onto that in everyday life? [more inside]
posted by tworedshoes on Oct 16, 2015 - 10 answers

How to feel gratitude?

In many ways my life is comically bad, and yet it is immeasurably better than the lives of most people in the course of human history. So how can I stop dwelling on the negative, and feel a sense of gratitude? [more inside]
posted by beigeness on Aug 28, 2015 - 21 answers

little ways to make the world a slightly better place?

When I'm out drinking, I bring my group's empty bottles and glasses back up to the bar so the bartender doesn't have to come out and get them. When I go out to eat, I consolidate the plates and cutlery after the meal so they're easy to bus off the table. What are some other similarly inconsequential-seeming habits I can adopt to help make the world a slightly easier and more pleasant place for my fellow travelers to live? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Feb 6, 2015 - 81 answers

Spending quality time with my parents

My parents, while still active (in their 50s), are getting older and some days I feel acutely aware that time is finite. How can I best spend time with my parents and show them that I care about them and that I am grateful for all they have done for me? This can include gifts they might appreciate, but I'm mostly asking about things I can do to maximize the quality of the time and the relationship I have with my parents. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Aug 23, 2014 - 21 answers

So long, and thanks for all the books!

What thank-you gift for a couple of nice librarians? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on May 16, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I practice gratitude while recognizing and fighting injustice?

I'm trying to practice gratitude, release old grudges and generally be a happier person. However, I find that a lot of the advice like 'don't compare yourself to others,' 'count your blessings,' 'assume that others have good intentions,' ... doesn't address the fact that some people DON'T have good intentions, workplaces are often sexist and racist, and privilege means some people automatically have an easier time of it. How can I be content with what I have while still working for a better world? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on May 1, 2014 - 35 answers

Seeking thank you gift for a stranger who did me a great kindness

What's a good thank you gift for a total stranger who did me a great kindness? He returned my lost cell phone, car keys, credit cards, wedding ring and cash - more than $1,000 in misplaced possessions - and asked for nothing in return. All I know about him: His name and mailing address from the envelope, and the fact that he lives somewhere so rural that a Starbucks card will carry no value. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Mar 20, 2014 - 29 answers

how did you learn to accept kindness and positive feedback with grace?

I have an awful reaction to being on the receiving end of compliments, gifts, and expressions of gratitude: visceral discomfort followed by impotent self-directed rage at having failed to insulate myself against any/all kindness. Ideally, I would love to be able to do things that other people consider to be nice without ever receiving any sort of thanks or even acknowledgment, but I know this is not a realistic goal. What are some concrete steps/resources I can use to learn how to change this overwrought bad attitude, and start meeting others' generosity, kindness, and gratitude with equanimity and grace rather than petulant rejection and destructive anger? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Oct 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Where does the "gratitude" symbol come from?

Does anyone know where the gratitude symbol resembling a lower case "g" comes from? [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 on Oct 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Wow, it's beautiful, please can I take it back?

For a sentimental family occasion, my inlaws got me a very sweet present of some expensive jewelry-- after being told very clearly that I don't like expensive jewelry and don't really wear it. How terrible would it be (politically, ethically, relationally) if I were to return the item in question to the store? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2013 - 60 answers

How do I thank my lawyer?

My (dramatic) divorce will be finalized in 3 weeks. How do I acknowledge how awesome my lawyer is? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Sep 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Thank you ideas for NYPD officers who helped me get my iPhone back?

You guys, it was cray: I reported a stolen iPhone to the police this morning, and they actually helped me get it back! There was even a sting operation involving plain clothes officers. Any ideas about how I can express my thanks to the sergeant? A simple thank you card, or something better?? Thanks!
posted by jessca84 on Aug 28, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I learn to Grab This Day by the Neck and Kiss it?

How do I move towards starting each day feeling grateful for the day and eager to get out and embrace the day (instead of wanting to burrow further under the covers and hope the day just passes me by, day after fucking day)? I know that on my death bed, be it tomorrow or 50 years from now, I will *profoundly* regret a life wasted feeling sorry for myself. I know that, and yet I can't stop feeling sorry for myself. [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Feb 17, 2013 - 25 answers

How can I thank parents for doing a fantastic job?

How can I (should I?) thank parents for doing a fantastic job? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Feb 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Where can I find this old pamphlet?

I am looking for a copy of a 1938 pamphlet called "Gratitude" written by Dr. Harry L. James of Chicago. There was a copy on Ebay, but it's sold now. Any chance I could find another copy (or PDF) of this thing? [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on Jan 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me repay a parking garage manager

Is there anything I can get for a security guard who did me a favor when I messed up and might have lost my job due to negligence? [more inside]
posted by kellybird on Dec 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Repay friends who helped during long break-up?

How to repay/show gratitude to amazing friends that have let me crash at their place for the last 5 months while I disentangled myself from LTR with co-owned condo? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo on Nov 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Writing a thank-you, with a side of hurricane sympathy?

I've got a thank-you note to write to a friend of my parents'-- already quite late, since the gift was given early last month. Difficulty: since then, the recipient's house was damaged fairly badly by Hurricane Sandy, and she's been struggling with the aftermath. I feel like her current rough situation warrants some sort of extra gesture or comment beyond the usual thank-you boilerplate, but what might that be? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 9, 2012 - 8 answers

How to best thank a generous pilot?

Apart from a well-considered thank you note what might be an appropriate way to thank a pilot who is flying myself and another patient to a hospital for treatment? He's serving as part of a charity and I plan to write him there as well as thank the charity for organizing it. Weight is an issue, so a nice jar filled with goodies is out. I'd love to find/do something that would personal and memorable.
posted by Mertonian on Nov 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you help us bless our wedding dinner?

Can you help us find the transcript of a blessing or poem from Praire Home Companion? Either that, or some other suitable grace for a Catholic/atheist/multifaith wedding blessing before dinner. [more inside]
posted by teragram on May 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Glad you failed?

Are their any numbers on individuals who have failed to commit suicide, and are subsequently grateful that they did not succeed? I've always heard that suicidal ideation is often a temporary thing, and was curious if there were any numbers behind it. (note: not having any myself, just curious)
posted by leotrotsky on Dec 8, 2011 - 23 answers

Piemaker, PhD

I have warm fuzzy feelings and inclinations to do nice things for people. Does this make me unprofessional? How do I talk myself out of it, if so? I'm in academia. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 31, 2011 - 39 answers

How does one cultivate genuine gratitude?

How do I cultivate gratitude for my wife, without feeling like I'm sucking up to her or giving-in to her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 - 22 answers

I'm alive! Now what?

A medical condition that should have killed me didn't. I'm just understanding (three years later) just how lucky I was. What are some ways that I can keep this feeling of being lucky and grateful to be alive in happy, life-affirming (i.e., not morbid or overly emo) ways? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Apr 29, 2011 - 20 answers

The love of money is the root of all evil.

My father-in-law may have pocketed part of a gift intended for my husband and his brother. But then again, maybe not! How can I navigate this situation with maximum tact and minimal drama? And more concretely, how does one write a thank-you note that gracefully specifies the exact amount of the gift? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Dec 28, 2010 - 42 answers

warm thank-you present for a friend who hates winter

Thank-you present for a friend who's always miserably cold in a state that's already been clobbered by winter? [more inside]
posted by pittsburgher on Dec 4, 2010 - 41 answers

PLEASE no Dido

Suggestions for an edgy, down-to-earth Thanksgiving playlist? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Nov 23, 2010 - 12 answers

How should I show my gratitude to my rad HR department?

How should I show my appreciation to my HR department for a job well done in extending my work visa? What is appropriate? [more inside]
posted by Conductor71 on Nov 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Good Samaritan

How do I repay a good Samaritan for her help? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Apr 29, 2010 - 19 answers

Somehow, I don't think a Post-It note on the fridge will do...

What can I do to thank my parents for their unbelievable support? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Sep 2, 2009 - 24 answers

Graceful Gratitude?

How can I show gratitude in a socially appropriate way? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Jul 29, 2009 - 14 answers

Thank you too much!

A friend made a really sweet, but kind of awkwardly generous, gesture. How to respond gracefully, while still giving her an out? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on May 26, 2009 - 23 answers

How do you thank someone for a well-timed Lethal Weapon II joke?

What can we do to thank some extremely helpful Emergency Room staff? [more inside]
posted by troika on Apr 21, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I thank someone who saved my very broke butt from public humiliation?

How should I thank a stranger who got me out of a small but embarrassing money jam? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Mar 31, 2009 - 22 answers

Nana would be so disappointed in me.

Etiquette-filter: sending thank-you notes late (like, ridiculously, months-to-years late)? Specific questions within. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 21, 2009 - 14 answers

Thanks for picking up my rubbish

How do I go about holiday tipping? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Dec 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me show my wife just how much I love her.

My wife and I have been together for 10 years and for the next few, she is giving me a gift that I fear I can never repay. I recently began medical school at the age of 32 and, as you might imagine, just getting to this point required several serious sacrifices on her part. I've just finished my first "block" and have a week of vacation before the next block begins. I'm at home all day while she's working and I want to spend my time showing her how much I love her, how much I appreciate her sacrifices, and how I realize that I couldn't do this without her. I'm doing the normal things like making nice dinners, cleaning the house, and tackling honey-do items. But what else can I do? I'm looking to the hive to help me be creative. [more inside]
posted by stuboo on Sep 29, 2008 - 15 answers

How to be grateful but to no one

Can one be grateful without any recipient ? [more inside]
posted by lahersedor on Sep 27, 2008 - 22 answers

How do I teach GRATITUDE to my 9-year-old daughter?

How do I teach GRATITUDE to my 9-year-old daughter? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass on Sep 2, 2008 - 37 answers

Thanks for the interview!

How soon after a job interview should I send a thank-you note? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Aug 7, 2008 - 19 answers

What does (swt) stand for?

Recently, I left a job. One of the responses I got to my "goodbye" email was a beautiful and touching message I received from one long-time colleague, an American-born Muslim. In his email, he said "May Allah (swt) bless you and your family. I will keep you guys in my prayers." In this context, what does the (swt) stand for? And, what would be a culturally-appropriate response? [more inside]
posted by deadmessenger on Jul 18, 2008 - 10 answers

I swear, this is the last revision... (famous last words)

My creative coworkers aren't famous, yet deserve some recognition for their efforts on a tough project with an impossible client. Internally, I'm singing their praises and making their successes known to management. Additionally, I'd like to get them a treat. Here's where you come in: [more inside]
posted by cior on Oct 19, 2006 - 9 answers

like obsequious, but for gratitude

I'm looking for a word that is like "obsequious", but has more to do with gushing gratitude -- to the point of being obnoxious -- rather than compliance and approval-seeking. [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on May 16, 2006 - 31 answers

How do you cultivate gratitude?

Do you have ways to put your life into perspective and force yourself to appreciate that you're really pretty privileged? Or do you allow yourself to get bored and solipsistic and desirous of more (material or otherwise) stuff? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Jun 10, 2005 - 37 answers

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