So I was wondering exactly what the rest of the world thinks about thanking other people. I “Googled” it to see just how important this issue might be. I have to see, I was somewhat underwhelmed at what I found. With important days like Administrative Profesionals Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day looming on the horizon, most of us will stop and think about those people in our lives that we are thankful for.
But what about the simplicity of thanking someone during your day-to-day routine?
A typical day for me runs something like this (and no, I’m not just saying it for the sake of this article, this is what I do.)
Leave my apartment, downstairs neighbor is leaving at the same time, holds the door open for me and my dog – THANK YOU!
Get outside, struggle by the car with all my bags… Next door neighbor comes over to help – THANK YOU!
Go to pull out of my parking spot, car stops to let me go before them – a wave through the window and – THANK YOU!
Get to work, staff helps with opening store – THANK YOU!
Almost every task is acknowledged with a THANK YOU – every delivery made gets a THANK YOU via text. When any staff member leaves for the day, a THANK YOU for whatever it is they did during the course of the day.
Between all the back and forth, whether it is me saying it or anyone around me, there’s an awful lot of “Thanking” going on. But do we mean it?
Little things, simple words, small actions sometimes speak louder than grand laudations. Some people feel that if there isn’t an audience watching, its not important to be nice and helpful to others. Thank you’s do not cost anything but the time and effort it takes to say the two words. Yet, truly understand how important and the impact those two little words can be to someone who is having a bad day or hour or minute. Put yourself back into a place where “difficult” may have been the easiest way to describe your day and realize how, if someone had just taken a few second out of their day to say “thank you” while you held the door for them – it could have changed your whole outlook.
Be that for someone – be that “ray of sunshine” on a day – good or bad and you may be surprised how your day goes from “so-so” to a ‘great” one!
What do you think? How do you perceive people “Thanking” you?
Better still, how do you think YOU are perceived when you thank others??