What has happened to our culture that we don’t say “thank-you” anymore?
I was in a drug store recently and made a sizeable purchase. At the end of the purchase, I said, “thank-you.” I really think that the cashier should have said “thank-you,” as I’m sure—considering how much I spent—that I contributed to the profitability of the store that week. Instead, I was the one who said “thank-you,” but instead of the cashier saying “you’re welcome,” her response was—you guessed it—“uh-huh.”
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At the bank this morning, I held the door opened for the gentleman behind me. He didn’t acknowledge my courtesy.
However, the bank was late in opening this morning, so when I had to get a money order, the bank teller waived the fee because I had to wait for them. She said to me “this is a thank-you for your patience this morning.” that was nice—customer service as it should be. Sadly, this is the exception not the rule.
Please and thank-you were the two of most important words I learned to use when I started working as a teenager. it has contributed to my success so far. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for teaching me manners.
Thanking the person who served your coffee is polite, as is thanking the person who made the coffee in your office, even if they made it so they could have a cup. Say “thank-you” to the person who holds the elevator, delivers your mail, and picks up your garbage. Say “thank-you” to your spouse for just coming home tonight, and thanks to your kids as they come home safe and sound as well. Say “thank-you” to the person you look at in the mirror, because some days that’s the only thank-you we get.
When you are saying “thank-you,” make sure the words reach your eyes and make eye contact with the person you are thanking. Be sincere because that means as much, or more, than the words you use.
Say “thank-you” to your support team at work. They should thank you as well, as hopefully you are a joy to work with. In fact, what the heck. Go crazy and say “thank-you” to everyone at work whether they support you or not and truly mean the words you are sharing. And on Mother’s Day, we know we need to thank Mom for everything she has done for us over the years. Same is true for Father’s Day.
Why do we need to be reminded to say “thank-you” one day each year? Shouldn’t we go through life with a thankful mentality? Let’s start right now and put ourselves on-the-right-track by saying “thank-you” several times each day. Say “thank-you” to co- workers, family members and complete strangers.
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Try it and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel, how much more positive life is, and how your smile stays on your face. Don’t focus on those who say “uh-huh” or don’t acknowledge your thank-you, and return the thanks to yourself by saying “thank- you, (insert your name) for being the more polite and respectful person today.”
Count how many times you say “thank-you” today, and of course, be sure to add the equally correct “you’re welcome” when someone says “thank-you” to you.
Most of all, I thank you for taking the time to part of my tribe and read my newsletter. Thank you if you pass this article on to someone who doesn’t normally read my newsletter, and thank you for allowing me the privilege of writing, speaking, and sharing my life with you.