The Importance of Saying Thank You

“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” — Margaret Cousins

Whether we are appreciating an employee’s completion of a task, or a client’s continued use of our services, or a customer’s purchase, or a child’s effort in doing a chore, saying “thank you” shows appreciation and recognition for what they have done.

Here are four reasons why it is important to sincerely say thank you.
Appreciating the individual for taking action.

Have you ever had exceptional service at a restaurant or in a store? The clerk or server has taken on an attitude of it being more than just a job, wanting you to have a very pleasant and enjoyable experience. By saying “thank you,” even if you have also left a tip, will show them you have recognized and appreciated their efforts. They have chosen not only the job, but they have chosen the positive attitude they bring to it.
The need for people to feel appreciated and respected for their contribution.

Again, whether the task is for your organization, your company, or your family, people have a need to feel appreciated for their contribution. Yes, they may be paid for the job but if it is simply a monetary transaction then the positive attitude they bring to it may be left behind next time. John F. Kennedy once said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” The size of the difference is irrelevant, it is that they have made a difference and contribution to the greater good.
Making others feel good brings good in other ways.

Think about the times that someone, a boss, a colleague, a friend, or a family member has taken the time to say “thank you” in person or through a note or in an email. How did you feel? What are the chances that you will help out again or return the favour? When a person feels appreciated and respected, they are more likely to give back, or do something good for you at a later date.
Saying thank you is a simple form for practicing gratitude.

Random acts of kindness are truly unexpected gifts. When we incorporate intentional and ongoing acts of kindness to family, friends, employees, and co-workers by using the simple words “thank you” with sincerity and authenticity, we are truly practicing gratitude.

It is more than just merely thanking people, each “thank you” needs to be mindful and sincere. Incorporating the habit of thanking people in all areas of your life, shows that you are aware of the efforts, sacrifices, and attitudes that people around you are bringing to their job, chore, daily tasks, and responsibilities.

This was first published in my Motivated Coaching eMagazine in January 2017.