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A Simple Thank-You

A simple thank-you. What happened to saying thank-you?  Have we gotten so lost in our own little worlds that we don’t have a split second to say thank-you? Thank-you’s go a very long way. 

In the workplace people do their work all day, everyday. How often do you say “thanks for all of your hard work today”? Thanks for getting that project completed. Thank-you so much for your help on this additional task.  Show a little gratitude. 

It is so easy to say. Saying it takes no time at all. It means something to the people that hear it. 

Have you ever considered the value a thank-you can bring to others?
  • It is an acknowledgment. 
  • It is a very simple way to let others know you appreciate them. 
  • Saying thank-you helps build trust and bring us closer to others. 
  • A thank-you can motivate others. 
In addition to bringing value to others, have you considered what it can do for you?

     It just feels good to make others feel good. To me, that is more than enough. 

If you don’t like thank-you, there are other ways to express gratitude:
  • I appreciate what you have done.
  • Is there anything I can do for you?
  • I could not have done this without you
  • Great job!
  • That is (pick one: awesome, incredible, amazing…).

In a study by Harvard Health: In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. (Harvard.Health.Edu)  Don’t we all want those things?

Leaders, tell your teams that you appreciate them. Let them know that what they do means something to you. Say thank-you. 

You may just make someone’s day. It costs you nothing but a split second of your time. Try it! 

Say it and mean it.