The power of these two effortless words is absolutely remarkable. But in today’s fast-paced world, who has the time to stop by and say Thank You, genuinely. Such pleasantries are outdated and old- fashioned. We are too busy and our lives are too hectic. Right?
I was at Tesco’s today, patiently waiting in a long queue to be served. A young black lady sat behind the counter. Her expressionless face greeted the customers as they paid for their items, but they were too busy to notice that and quickly dashed off after the receipt. At last my turn came. I smiled and said “Thank you very much for your help. Have a great day” after receiving my change and receipt. A broad smile decorated her face instantaneously and I could see she was significantly relieved – the feeling, as I perceived it, was similar to a thirsty person whose thirst has been quenched. It did not take much to say it, but the effect it brought about was immeasurable and on the way back I made a resolution that from today on, I will genuinely thank anyone who has done something for me – especially someone who has gone out of their way to do it.
We all need the acknowledgement. If you have received a great service at the superstore today, let the person who served you know. Their life is monotonous as they sit behind such counters for great lengths of time doing a repetitive job. And trust me, it makes a lot of difference. When your stop arrives and the bus comes to a halt, a simple Thank you to the driver would brighten up his day, or even the lady at the post office. If your grateful for something, let the person who made it possible know. They would greatly appreciate it.
And of course it must be very sincere, otherwise a feelings of resentment automatically grabs the person as they might think its manipulation. Be genuine. Say it and mean it. If you don’t mean it, its easy to see through some false-pretence.
How often do you say Thank you?