One Thing: The Power of “Thank You”

Our mothers were on to something when they taught us to say “please” and “thank you.” It turns out that practicing gratitude has scientifically proven benefits, including cultivating and keeping valuable relationships. Saying “thank you” is a gesture that not only benefits the recipient, but the giver. This article from Livehappy.com shares the many benefits of taking time out to thank someone:

  • We take action. Acting on feelings of gratitude by saying “thank you” is inviting someone to interact positively with you and just feels good.
  • Our beneficiary feels good because of and about us. Saying “thank you” bolsters our recipient’s self-esteem and how he/she views us, which in turn lifts us up.
  • We are seen as friendlier, more competent and more likable. People see us through a positive rather than negative lens. For that matter, so do we.

Here’s another Livehappy article with some other gratitude practice suggestions. We bet there are several individuals you can think of right now to thank. Taking five minutes a day to write a “thank you” note or even an email will make a positive difference in an often-negative world – so worth it!

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