The Importance of Saying Thank You

I always find that Christmas is a great time for gratitude and to give thanks for family and friends, especially when receiving gifts. Even though Thanksgiving is usually the block of time set aside for this, saying thank you at any time during the year is acceptable and encouraged, but is sadly uncommon.

When saying thank you, the phrase, "actions are more powerful than words," does not apply. Obviously, showing someone you care about them and are grateful to have them around is nice and heartwarming, but sometimes all people need to hear is two simple words. Saying a simple thank you after someone holds the door for you is not hard, but today it seems like it is next to impossible.

I hate guilt. I hate the idea of guilting someone into politeness, often thinking, “Why should I have to say anything, when they should’ve said it in the first place?” I especially hate convincing someone or pressuring them into saying thank you. It is one of the most uncomfortable things you can possibly do, while sounding like your own mother. “Say thank you, dear. Watch your manners.”

Personally, I don’t care who you are or what you’re doing; it’s common courtesy to say thank you. Just say it. To cashiers, store assistance, and door holders, or when given a gift or having received a service - it’s a wonderful thing to thank someone, and to be thanked. Even when someone is returning a favour, I don’t care if I paid for dinner one night and tonight it’s your turn, I’m obviously going to show that I appreciated the action by saying a simple thank you. It’s just gracious.

Believe me, it will take two seconds and the person you are acknowledging will feel appreciated. It is extremely satisfying when you go out of your way for someone and it is recognized, even in the quietest, simplest way.

Let’s start making more people feel appreciated. Just say thanks.