In my opinion, gratitude means being thankful for what you have, as well as for other individuals who assist you. I personally express gratitude by thanking the person who has assisted me. If their assistance, at an individual level, was extremely helpful, and I typically would either send a thank you card as a token of my appreciation. A thank you card allows me to tell that person in what ways they have helped me that they themselves may have not realized. In a group setting, such as my work team, I would bring in donuts or other pastries for my coworkers. Whenever I thank someone, or bring in sweets to work for example, I feel great. At times, I believe that actions speak louder than words, and by sending a thank you card or bringing in treats, this action shows others that I would go out of my way to ensure that they knew I truly did appreciate all that they have done for me.
During my first year of my work-study job, my team at work found all my contributions to be extremely helpful. I would go above and beyond to work with all other team members to assist them with their research tasks. As a token of appreciation, they would bring in treats for my birthday, as well as purchasing me a University of Michigan Health System jacket that the rest of the team had. It was an amazing feeling to see that all the commitment and hard work that I put into the team was acknowledged, appreciated, and reciprocated.