“Thank you for your kind words” is a polite thing you can say in person or via email when someone has shown you kindness. It works well, but it can sometimes sound forced or insincere. This article will explore some good professional and conversational alternatives you can use.
The preferred synonyms are “I appreciate your kindness,” “thank you for saying that,” and “I’m glad you’re here for me.” These phrases work well in formal emails. You will also find that they extend to spoken English and can be used informally with your friends if need be.
1. I Appreciate Your Kindness
“I appreciate your kindness” is one of the simplest ways to accept someone’s kind words. It shows that you appreciate and value them. It works well in professional contexts because it shows that you’re able to keep a formal tone while accepting positivity and kindness.
- Dear Abe,
- I appreciate your kindness. I don’t know what I’d do without you here with me.
- My best,
- Hey Martin,
- I appreciate your kindness. Thank you for checking in, and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop going forward.
- Dear Alex,
- I appreciate your kindness. You don’t know how much it means to me to receive an email like yours.
2. Thank You For Saying That
“Thank you for saying that” is a great alternative you can use. It shows that you appreciate someone for the things they said, especially if they said something that you needed to hear.
- Dear Chris,
- Thank you for saying that. It means a lot to me that you were caring enough to send that message.
- My best,
- Hey Nicole,
- Thank you for saying that. I will let you know when I’m ready to come back to work after everything is settled.
- Dear Freya,
- Thank you for saying that. I don’t want to continue to be a burden moving forward.
3. I’m Glad You’re Here For Me
“I’m glad you’re here for me” is another great phrase. This phrase is fairly personal, so you might find that it works best in informal emails or when you are emailing or messaging a friend or coworker you get along with.
- Dear Geoff,
- I’m glad you’re here for me. I’ll always be here to help you if you need me as well.
- My best,
- Hey Paula,
- I’m glad you’re here for me. I’ll keep you updated when things are made a bit clearer.
- Dear Brian,
- I’m glad you’re here for me. I always knew that I would be able to count on you as one of my most faithful employees.
4. I Appreciate Your Support
“I appreciate your support” is a simple phrase in formal emails. It works really well to show that you appreciate someone and all of the kind things they’ve said to help you through difficult situations.
- Dear Alicia,
- I appreciate your support. I’ll see if there’s anything I can do to help fix my situation.
- My best,
- Hey Mary,
- I appreciate your support. I won’t be able to help you any further until I know more about what’s happening.
- Mr. Peterson
- Dear Richard,
- I appreciate your support. You will be the first to know if things start to get a bit more positive for me.
5. Your Support Means A Lot To Me
“Your support means a lot to me” is a great alternative you can use. It works well because it shows that you appreciate someone’s support. It’s a good formal choice that shows you do not take any person for granted at the workplace.
- Dear Carla,
- Your support means a lot to me. I don’t think you realize just how much I care about the people I work with.
- My best,
- Hey Martina,
- Your support means a lot to me. I didn’t realize that my situation mattered this much to you.
- Dear Mr. Brooke,
- Your support means a lot to me. I’ll keep everyone updated when I have more information on this matter.
- Ms. Chacksfield
“Thanks!” can appear in emails or outside of emails. It’s a versatile one that you can use whenever someone has been kind or tried to help you with something. If you want it to appear more formal, you could always extend it to “thank you.”
- Dear Lewis
- Thanks! I wasn’t sure if anyone cared enough to email me about this!
- My best,
- Hey Nicky,
- Thanks! I’m happy to hear that you’re on my side. I don’t know what I’d do without all of you!
- All the best,
- Dear Abdul,
- Thanks! I’m glad you wrote to me about this. I knew there would be someone who cared.
7. Thank You For Having My Back
“Thank you for having my back” is a great choice, but it’s best in informal emails. “Having my back” is a phrasal verb that works best in colloquial English, so you need to account for this before including it in a formal email chain.
- Dear Ryan,
- Thank you for having my back. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to write about this just yet.
- My best,
- Hey Scotty,
- Thank you for having my back. I am happy to share more information with you now, as you’ve reached out to me.
- Mr. Pickard
- Dear Alexandra,
- Thank you for having my back. Please don’t hesitate to ask if there’s anything I can do to return the favor.
8. I Appreciate What You’re Saying
“I appreciate what you’re saying” is a great formal synonym. It works really well in professional emails because it shows that you value and respect someone for helping you with “kind words.” Even if you don’t think they have helped, you can use this phrase.
- Dear Tom,
- I appreciate what you’re saying. I’m glad that I have someone like you to help me out of tricky situations like this.
- My best,
- Hey Evangeline,
- I appreciate what you’re saying. I’ll do my best to get back to work sooner rather than later.
- Dear Presley,
- I appreciate what you’re saying. I’ll see if there’s anything I can do to fix my problems.
9. Your Kind Words Have Eased My Pain
“Your kind words have eased my pain” is a decent choice you can use in formal emails. Some people think it sounds a little jarring, but it works well if you’re struggling with something. If someone wrote to you to help you out, you could use this phrase.
- Dear Autumn,
- Your kind words have eased my pain. I didn’t realize how impactful an email like yours could be.
- My best,
- Hey Travis,
- Your kind words have eased my pain. Thank you so much for sending me that message and checking in.
- Dear Al,
- Your kind words have eased my pain. I don’t think you realize just how powerful that email was.
“Cheers!” is a great choice, but it only works in informal English. You should use it when you are speaking informally to someone (i.e. a friend). It works well to accept their kind words without having to go overboard with what you say.
- Cheers! I always knew I could rely on you to cheer me up and pull me out of these awful situations! You’re a great friend.
- Cheers! I really appreciate you saying that. Of course, if there’s anything I can do to help you, you only need to ask!
- Cheers! You’re one of the best friends a guy could ask for! I’m so lucky that I have someone like you in my life.
11. You’re The Best!
“You’re the best!” is another great informal alternative. This one shows that you truly value the person who is helping you and sharing kind words with you. It’s a great one to use to show that you appreciate what someone has said or done.
- You’re the best! I really appreciate everything you’ve said and done for me right now. If there’s anything I can do for you, let me know.
- You’re the best. I don’t know how I got so lucky to get you in my life. I want you always to remember that I care.
- You’re the best. I knew I could rely on you to be so kind and thoughtful in a time like this. I was a bit lost before you came here.
12. I Knew I Could Count On You
“I knew I could count on you” is a great phrase you can use. It works well in colloquial English because it shows that you rely heavily on your friends, and they have done something that you didn’t expect of them (i.e. provided kind words to help you through something).
- I hope you know you’re amazing. I knew I could count on you. You always seem to know the exact right thing to say.
- I knew I could count on you. Thank you for coming over here and trying to cheer me up in the best ways!
- I knew I could count on you. I do appreciate all of the things you’ve said and done. I’d be lost without you.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.