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Old-fashioned good manners and a simple thank you are among the best ways to establish new relationships, UNSW research shows

Have you ever thought that saying “thank you” can help you to build new relationships? A study conducted by the University of New South Wales has shown for the first time that thanking a new acquaintance for their help makes them more likely to seek an ongoing social relationship with you.

Expressing gratitude changes how others perceive you. “Saying thank you provides a valuable signal that you are someone with whom a high-quality relationship could be formed,” says UNSW psychologist Dr Lisa Williams, who conducted the research with Dr Monica Bartlett of Gonzaga University in the US.


Old-fashioned good manners and a simple thank you are among the best ways to establish new relationships, UNSW research shows

If you can make it memorable, for instance, to write a handwritten thank-note, it can be miraculous. It makes others feel important to perceive you as someone who should be reciprocated with the equally generous intent.

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