Never Forget to Say Thanks
Saying “thank you” is the ultimate win/win. Research shows that expressing gratitude increases feelings of personal well being.
If you are looking for someone to practice your “thank you’s” on, start close to home. John Gottman, Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute of Seattle says: “Masters of relationships have a habit of scanning the world for things they can thank their partner for. People whose relationships go down the tubes scan the world for their partner’s mistakes.”
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"Thank you" is always a comment to use generously with everyone around you. A genuine thanks is always appreciated. Even a call, email, or card expressing thanks is a moment of appreciation shared. In this day and age, it seems that manners have often disappeared, both in business and in daily life. Returning to the "Please", and "Thank you" we were raised with brings back respect and appreciation. Both are needed by everyone we deal with. Taking the time to say "Thank you" for something someone has done for you, or said to you, does make a difference. You are building a relationship in a positive manner. Recently I was hospitalized for a nearly fatal food poisoning. The nurses and staff were all very kind, caring, and went beyond my expectations to care for me. After I was discharged, I sent a "Thank you" note and a basket of muffins to them in gratitude. If I get exceptional service at a restaurant or a store, I take the time to say "Thank you", and not only do they remember me, but they genuinely appreciate it.
11/26/2013 01:36:36 am
This is a brilliant pointer for turning the paradigm to be proactive. In the old world view it is perfectly acceptable for a manager to seek what needs attention.... These days people require advanced comms techniques, and this simple mgt gimmick will reverse decay and build culture. I Love it.
11/26/2013 11:06:11 am
I saw one of my FaceBook friends posting a daily thanks and I thought I would try it. Some days it was a little hard to think of one but I am enjoying it and people are enjoying the comments too. I may try to continue.
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