It’s not difficult. Just two little words spoken in quick succession. They mean several things at once. They mean, “I appreciate what you just did”, “I respect you enough to demonstrate courtesy”, “My parents raised me right”. It is universal. Danke, Merci, Gracias…etc. Yet, surprisingly, people frequently forget to say it.
Someone I haven’t spoken to in a year contacted me asking for a favour. It wasn’t particularly difficult, so I gave the request some thought and helped him out. Although I know this person received the information they needed from me, I was disappointed to now receive any acknowledgement. Not a “got it, thanks” or, “cheers” or even a simple “Ta”.
So, my question is, what happened to good old-fashioned politeness?
Have you ever done something for someone you felt went unappreciated?
Try writing a thnk you letter for something quite extraordinary, then again for something simple, like someone making you a cup of tea. Try describing how it makes you feel to have someone do something for you.