In fact, I realized that instead of thanking the people in my life, I often came up with reasons, excuses, or silence. But simply saying the words “thank you” is much more meaningful than anything else..
So whenever one of these situations happens, remember that those two words are sufficient:
In the Internet age, it’s easy for us to remain anonymous as we follow along in someone’s teachings.
But a little word of thanks can go a long way.
If there’s a thought leader, writer, or someone on social media whom you regularly learn from, just reach out and say “thank you”. It means a lot from them to receive a kind message.
Someone’s advice, unsolicited or not, is best taken graciously. Even if you don’t find the person’s advice useful or decide not to follow it, it shows that they’re trying to help.
Maybe it’s not what you want. Maybe you were hoping for praise and comfort instead. Rather than challenging the advice or ignoring the person, just a simple thanks will suffice.
Whenever people give us a compliment, such as “Great job on the workout!” or “Love your haircut!”, too often we dismiss the person’s words.
We downplay ourselves, which can end up making the other person feel like their words were brushed off.
Accepting a compliment is not a sign of arrogance. It is a sign of graciousness. When you say “thank you”, you pat yourself on the back and accept the person had to say.
Even though the news may tell us otherwise, there are so many people who want to help. I always try to thank the people who, no matter how small their gesture, do something nice.
In the winter, I was standing at a bus stop when a woman said something to me and gestured up towards the roof of the bus shelter.
It turned out that she was warning me about standing underneath the icicles that could possibly fall down. So I smiled at her and said, “thank you.”
When someone is by your side, it’s easy to forget because they’re always there. Whether it’s a supportive family member, friend, or mentor, they are people who want love and acceptance as well.
You don’t need to have a special occasion or permission to thank them. You can thank them today.
Think of a few people who have helped you or supported you, and send them a message saying, “I just wanted to thank you for the support you’ve given me.”