I know, another person telling you to be thankful during the holiday season. Kind of, but not really. You should be thankful for what you have, but year round, not just because it’s this time of year. But that is not what I am talking about.

This time of year and all times of the year are good times to remember to show gratitude. Yes, you should do so year round, but it is better late than never, and should be done in both your professional and personal worlds.

Are you lucky enough to be in a position to have someone clean your home? Some extra money may be sufficient without a card or hand-written note, and arguably will be more appreciated than a gift. Or maybe you had a team member go above and beyond. In that case, a hand-written note and a bottle of wine or gift card to their favorite coffee shop are good options.

But what about the guy or gal who referred you the big lead or client? That’s not a situation where money seems appropriate (think kickbacks!). Here a hand-written note and thoughtful gift is the right idea. If you’re not sure what to get them there are ways to determine their interests though your or their co-workers. It’s also a signal to get to know the people who help you succeed and earn your living better.

So remember to thank people timely and often, and do it throughout the year. If you haven’t lived this way until now, this is a good time of year to start.

And to those of you kind enough to have referred a client to me, provided me with a lead, or trusted me enough to connect me to one of your contacts, thank you!! And who knows, you still may be getting that hand-written note and a gift…

Happy Holidays!