After you use phrases like this in your acknowledgement remember to specify why you are thankful to these people!
A thesis dedication is dedicated to someone who has played a major role in writing your thesis, in your career and in your life. You value their support and help, and want to show your appreciation by way of a thesis dedication.
It is possible to thank people for more specific regional rather than global help throughout the thesis too.
I like doing this, because it cheers me up to remember the kind, wise colleagues who have helped me along with my thinking.
It is recommended not to include acknowledgement page to the thesis if you have only one person to thank.
When you write a thesis it involves a lot of hard work and effort. It is only natural to acknowledge the people who made it possible.
The usual structuring principles apply: those who gave most should be given the most thanks. Some supervisors tend not to give advice on acknowledgments, because they expecting to be thanked, so it feels preemptive.
Supervisors will know the sad truth if the cat gets more lines than they do. I really like thanks to supervisors that carry a sense of who they were in the drama, like “My supervisor, who kept a sense of humour when I had lost mine”; “my supervisor, whose maddening attention to detail drove me to finally learn to punctuate prose”; or “my supervisor, whose selfless time and care were sometimes all that kept me going.” A precisely-worded acknowledgement like a perfectly chosen gift. Do others feel, though, that the end result is happier all round if supervisors offer to critically read the acknowledgements too?
If footnotes are used, the work can be done there, for example, with footnotes that state “I am indebted to xxx for several discussions that helped me to focus this section”.
Without footnotes, more formal provision of a ‘personal conversation’ reference will do the same work.