5 Tips: Show Healthcare Heroes How Much You Appreciate Them

April 30, 2020 - Written by Moriah Scoble

Few things are more intimidating than staring at a blank page, fingers poised tentatively above the keyboard. You know your heart, and you want to convey those feelings of gratitude and admiration, but how can you do it without coming across as insincere or overly dramatic? Here are some helpful tips.

1. Be Sincere

Reflect on how you truly feel about the nurses, physicians, medical techs, nursing assistants, and others. They risk their health, give up time with their families, and bear a massive emotional burden—all for us. You might think of words like “hero,” “love,” “amazing,” etc. Jot down some of those feeling words for inspiration. You don’t have to use all (or any) of the words, but they can help express what’s in your heart.

Sometimes, too, it’s okay to be at a loss for the right thing to say. “Words can’t convey how grateful we are” is an authentic way to communicate feelings you can’t quite articulate.

2. Use A Thesaurus

Using the same words frequently can make a message feel stilted. A thesaurus can come in handy at times like these. You might search for synonyms for “gratitude,” “great,” “respect,” “appreciation,” etc., so you can have options when crafting your thank-you note.

3. Say What Their Actions Mean To You

One of the best gifts a person can receive is knowing they made a difference in someone’s life. Try expressing your thanks not just by focusing on the healthcare hero’s acts but also on how they make you feel. Perhaps you think they have dedication or resilience that you don’t. Think about this: If they have an elderly or immunosuppressed living with them, they’re probably living in a hotel. They may be buying their own protective gear! Does that inspire you with admiration or awe? Tell them how you feel. They need this.

4. Reiterate Your Message In A Different Way

Though it might seem to contradict tip #2, repetition can underscore your meaning and reinforce your sincerity. You don’t have to use the same words. When writing your message, open with words of gratitude, then say it again, differently, at the end using phrases of respect and admiration.

5. Have Fun

If being gushy just isn’t your style, or if it feels too forced, try a different approach. Tell them, ”You’re amazing!” You rock!” “You’re the best!” or even “You’re a hero”—all are effective ways to express how you feel about them in a more lighthearted but sincere way. After all, who doesn’t like to hear, “You’re awesome”?

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