Saying Thank You

Thank you. Two words we were all taught at a young age. While we've known them for as far back as we can remember, I find that they are grossly underused. 

 Any time is the right time for "Thank you."

Any time is the right time for "Thank you."

Every November it seems like suddenly people are full of gratitude. I am all for this, but what about the other 11 months of the year? Being thankful should be something we do all year long, rather than only because it's Thanksgiving/the Holidays. I don't mean to pat myself on the back here, I am certainly flawed, but one thing that I do pride myself on is saying thank you. 

I recently had someone tell me that she needs to get better at thank you notes. Her comment struck me as strange, but then I realized that perhaps this is what's holding people back. When I thank someone, it isn't always in a formalized note. It may be a text, a Facebook message, a phone call, or in person. It's not so much about making a big fanfare as it is letting someone know that their actions matter and by association, they matter. We are so conditioned to expect criticism that a compliment and thanks catch us off guard; I want to change that. I can't tell you how many times I have called a restaurant or store to let them know that I appreciate their service or compliment something a particular employee did. Managers are often speechless, having steeled themselves for an angry customer complaint. 

As we head into Thanksgiving week, I promise to keep saying thank you and hope you'll join me in giving thanks beyond Thursday.

 Cheeky but I couldn't resist. Thank you to whoever did this.

Cheeky but I couldn't resist. Thank you to whoever did this.

 

 

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