Since birth, we have all been taught to say “thank you”. If your parents were anything like mine, and to be fair, most are, they were persistently reminding me to be grateful and guiding me how to say thank you nicely, but they weren’t just teaching me good manners; they were providing me with a tool for lasting happiness.
Saying “Thank You” is everyday etiquette and a simple courtesy that just takes a moment. It’s free, it’s easy and it feels good!
Saying “Thank You” acknowledges our dependence on others, it’s about realising that somebody was kind enough to take the time to help you, the time they will never get back.
The concept/idea behind “Thank You” is of gratitude, gratefulness, of being content and recognising that someone had a choice – they didn’t have to do that one thing to help you, however small.
These two words are so potent and powerful. These two words have the ability to motivate, create goodwill, make peace, and re-affirm love and commitment.
The benefits of throwing around “Thank You’s” are enormous and there are so many opportunities every day. Maybe it’s just thanking someone for letting you out in traffic, holding the door open for you, or maybe something a little more thoughtful like a sending a gift or bunch of flowers for completing a special favour. By making someone else feel important and appreciated, you’ve brightened up their day in the smallest of ways, because it is never unwelcome, and it can mean so much!
In America, they even celebrate ‘Thanksgiving’, a specific time when families come together and celebrate all they have to be thankful for and express their gratitude.
Saying “Thank You” is so simple and effective and lots of things happen when a “Thank You” is exchanged:
The giver of thanks;
- Increases a sense of well being
- Triggers ‘feel good’ hormones
- Produces a positive emotional state
- Shows appreciation of efforts made
- Motivates & uplifts
The receiver of thanks;
- Re-inforces feeling of self-worth
- Genuinely touched
- Positive affirmation of effort & time
- Appreciate value
- Feels more socially valued
- Enhancing the ‘feel good’ factor
- Builds self-esteem
- Boosts confidence
With even the simplest view of human behaviours, it is obvious that we all thrive on praise! Even a baby waits for some form of praise from a parent to ‘feel good’ and will repeat the act in the hope of being praised again!
By making someone else feel important and appreciated, you’ve brightened up their day. They are more likely to pass that feeling on to someone else – creating a cycle of goodwill!
Here at Spirit & Grace, we know the importance of “Thank You’s” and have a range of unique gift ideas that could be used to say a special “Thank you“, that they certainly won’t be expecting – gifts so thoughtful, you may even receive a “ Thank You” in return!
Do you ever forget to say “Thank You?” How do you feel if someone forgets to say “Thank You” to you?
Do you say “Thank You” to only those that you love or do you spread the love in your daily interactions with these two exceptional words?
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