In the past few years, I always try to be updated in every news that concerns my community and my country. It is my way to be a responsible citizen. However, these past few months have been really difficult, not only in the local community but also worldwide. The increasing number of news relating to terrorist attacks, the war on drugs, homeless refugees is really depressing to watch on a daily basis. That’s why it is hard for me to turn on the TV and watch the chaos going on all over the world.
If not for our brave soldiers, I wouldn’t be enjoying my delicious cup of white mocha in my favorite coffee shop right now. They deserve all the acknowledgment and appreciation for sacrificing their own lives to protect us. We all know that there will always be an outbreak of violence. But, having that assurance that they would always be there to protect us makes it easier to live by every single day. Therefore, if you know anyone who is in the military, it won’t hurt to give at least a small token of appreciation for all their sacrifices.
“As I reflected on my own experience, I could see both sides. When I was on active duty, when people noticed I was in uniform, a common experience was people walking up and saying “thank you for your service.” To me, it felt great to receive the acknowledgment and it would make me feel proud of what I do. I feel honored to wear the uniform; being acknowledged for doing so is an added bonus.” – Michael B. Brennan, PsyD.
Here are some few tips that can help you to have an idea on how you can show your appreciation to our brave soldiers:
Smile and Acknowledge Their Deeds
You won’t definitely break a sweat by offering a sweet smile to your friend soldier. Smiling is the easiest way to show your gratitude for all the things that they are doing to protect the nation. Add up a simple acknowledgment and for sure, you can make their day brighter. Smiling and acknowledging their deeds would cost you zero penny. There’s really nothing left to lose.
Offer Them a Meal
Being a soldier is really tough. You do not know when would be the next ration of food will come, nor the next instance when you can spend time with your family. If you will have the opportunity to cook a meal for a soldier, don’t let it pass. I assure you that it would mean so much to them. A delicious meal nurtures the soul.
On the other hand, licensed clinical psychologist Sarah Schewitz says, “It feels good to do something nice for someone. It boosts your self-esteem, it makes you feel like a better person, and it can help you overcome any negative feelings you are experiencing in the moment.”
Give Them a Simple Thank You Letter
The American philosopher and psychologist William James said, “The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated. When you say thank you, you’re meeting that basic human need.”
Nothing could go wrong with a simple letter. It is very simple, yet heartwarming. A thank you letter is also cheap and very easy to do. It doesn’t take a lot of time to write one. All you have to do is to write a letter from your heart. I’m pretty sure that a sincere thank you letter would make any soldier feel special. It is a small token you can give in return for their hard work.