There are two words I really love. “Thank you” To me this phrase represents appreciation, respect and acknowledgement. For the things we do for others and things people do for us as well. Yes from an early age our parents reminded us to say “thank you”. But what is the impact of these words? Well the truth is that these two words create a positive environment. A simple thank you can change someone’s mood from bad to good. You might not know what that doorman is going through but just simply saying thank you acknowledges them and it could really affect rest of their day.
How do you say thank you? Do you just say thank you at random moments to change lives? Well here are some pointers;
Say Thank You During Meals
On Thanksgiving, or just at dinner with your friends and family, go around the table and have each person, including the kids at the little table, say what they are thankful for.
Say Thank You When You're Not Sure
When in doubt, just say thank you. There is no downside. Why are you worried about showing too much gratitude to the people in your life?
Say Thank You At Work
Energize and engage your co-workers and team by letting them know you are grateful for them and their work. And of course don't forget to say thank you to your clients and customers too.
Say Thank You At Nіght
At bedtime reflect on your day, identify and share all that you are thankful for. If you have children you can read Thank You and Goodnight with them and add to it.
Say Thank You When You're Receiving A Compliment
We often ruin compliments by devaluing the statement or acting overly humble. Internally, you might think this prevents you from appearing arrogant or smug.
The problem is that by deflecting the praise of a genuine compliment, you don't acknowledge the person who was nice enough to say something. Simply saying “Thank You” fully acknowledges the person who made the compliment and allows you to enjoy the moment as well.
Say Thank You When You're Receiving Helpful Feedback
Feedback can be very helpful, but we rarely see it that way. Whether it is an unflattering performance review from your boss or an email from an unhappy customer, the standard reaction is to get defensive. That's a shame because the correct response is to simply say, “Thank You” and use the information to improve.
The truth is that it’s impossible to predict exactly when or how someone wants to be thanked. But “thank you” is a powerful tool always at your disposal so use it. This is just how I feel, I hope you feel the same way!