Saying THANK YOU...how important?

United States
January 29, 2007 10:43pm CST
Sometimes in our busy lives, we often forget how to appreciate what we have. We often forget how to say thank you on receiving grace, service given by someone or any small favors. How important is saying Thank you? I know I often say thank you on every little favor or service that have given me. For example is when a waiter gives me a nice service, a cashier gave me my change and bag my stuffs and when someone opens the door for me. Little gestures means a lot to me. I say Thank you to God for all the blessings that I've received. Saying thank you is necessary and it should be sincere. I like to should that I appreciate a person and somehow I would like to be appreciated as well for every little thing that I've done.
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@hh9905 (1275)
• Malaysia
30 Jan 07
Saying "Thank you" is very important to me. It is to show our gratitude towards others. I find it rude for people who doesn't seem to think that way. I always thought that if we would like people to show us some respect, we should first show them, and one of the ways is by saying "thank you". Just a simple thank you to others would one day bring great effects in our lives. You wouldn't know the impact by saying thank you to people around you, especially to waiters, cleaners etc. I often get better services from them just by saying thank you.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing! I definitely agree with you.
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@xionous (440)
• Belgium
30 Jan 07
i agree with hh. just a simple 'thank you' does a lot. saying thanks is my habit and i always enjoy to do it. and you wont believe me the changes it brings towards stuffs. everyone seems to like me coz im polite enough to say thanks. thanking someone is like respecting them and it gives them a pleasure. and if one is pleased in you they will easily become friendly. you will be a famous guy as i am. by the way thanx for a nice question.
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• India
30 Jan 07
nowdays thank u hve became like a slang everone use it but not from his heart....i think pure feelings r must when u say thanku to someone .......it shows ur gratitude towards others.... n also reflects u....as a whole....
@opinder (423)
• India
30 Jan 07
some people simply do not feel courteous enough to say thanks. its simply not a part of their viocabulary. my friends often find it funny that i thank the waiter etc. but i feel a little word can make a difference to them. waiters and all are humans too....it makes them feel good to be thanked by someone. and we lose nothing by saying thankyou.
• United States
30 Jan 07
Oh really? Tell him that he's a rude for not saying thanks anyway. I don't find that funny. I think everybody deserve a little gratitude and they should know that somehow they are appreciated in their own ways.
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• India
30 Jan 07
Saying thank you is nothing but showing gratitude towards someone who has helped you some way or the other!! Every person don't expect money for the help... the only thing that we need is a acknowledging smile with the word "THANK YOU" !! This is very big weapon that everybody possesses and it can turn a foe into a friend !!
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• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for responding!
• United States
30 Jan 07
I think it is very important to say please and thankyou. You are right though the world is rush rush these days and we sometimes forget. I think it is important to work on remembering to say please and thankyou provided that someone has provided a service for us because if we don't it may be taken the wrong way.
@greengal (4288)
• United States
31 Jan 07
It is important to say thank you.As you said we often take this for granted and the little favours we receive go unacknowledged. I say thank you as often as possible..I even thank my hubby when he does small things I tell him to do. He often tells me not to be so formal, but I can't stop myself from saying thanks when I get what I want:)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing!
• Philippines
31 Jan 07
Saying thank you is quite important.I make it a point that i tell someone that i thank them for whatever things they have shared or have done for me..even little things like handing me that plate of rice,or just getting that hanky that fell on the floor without me noticing it.i want people to know how it feels when someone appreciates what u have done.it makes u feel happy and makes u strive harder because big or small,it matters to me.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing!
@Kscott (634)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I think saying Thank you is very important. I was taught to always say please and thank you, and teach my kids the same. I have been in the stores before, and have told cashier's thank you, and they sometimes seem shocked, and happy at the same time, and it put's a smile on their face. I also say "Have a good day/evening", whether in a store or on the phone. But you are right if it is sincere....it carries through in your voice and your actions, and that says more sometimes. I think as a society, people have lost this touch, and those of us who still practice it need to continue, maybe it will wear off on those who take others for granted, or feel that people "owe" them something. THANK YOU for this discussion!
• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing!
@rubypatson (1842)
• India
30 Jan 07
yOU ARE right, these are very simple things which take no effort from our side yet many er times many fail to do it, its a good habit and i think it should be cultivated from our early growing stage, then without even thinking we will automatically do these little gestures that makes a lot of difference in this world
• United States
31 Jan 07
Thanks for responding!
@njzan63 (16)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I think it is very important. It sometime feels as if it is easier for some people to spit in your face rather than say thank you or please. It is just a small gesture that is not going to take any time out of your life or cost you any money. Besides just two little words and you can make someone feel appreciated!!!
• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing!
30 Jan 07
I think saying 'thank you' is very important. I come from a family where we all do a lot for each other and try to help each other whenever we can, because it happens so frequently saying 'thank you' can often be overlooked. But I always try to remember as to me saying 'thank you' is just a small gesture to the let the person know that their kindness is appreciated. I also think it is important to say thank you to strangers (cashiers, shop assistants, call centre workers etc.) for the service they are providing us with as I often think their services are ovelooked. I also recall my time as a call centre assistant, when someone was genuinely thankful for the assistance I had given them, it really cheered me up.
• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing!
@juneten (13)
• Philippines
30 Jan 07
Yes, saying thank you is very important. Showing one's appreciation to what others are doing - no matter how little or small it may seem - can help brighten up that person's day. I think that people should make it a habit to say thank you. People may never know how much their thank you may mean to others.
@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
31 Jan 07
yes. it doesn't matter how big or small the goodness done to you. it's always nice to say thank you. just like what you've said, it always brighten up one's day. and it's for free!
@happymommy3 (2013)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I agree with you. It is very important to say thankyou. To some it may not be important but I'm sure when you least expect it you've made someones day by saying thankyou to them when they've done something for you, like the examples you gave. I always teach my children also how important it is to say thankyou. You're right, we often forget how to appreciate what we have!
• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing! Hope that everybody will get use of saying these words. Thanks again!
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
30 Jan 07
Saying THANK YOU is really important and not said enough. It's amazing how few say it but they have plenty of time to flap their gums over other stuff, just not enough energy to say THANKS. I remember raising our only son to say Thank you and it was every single day for his entire life. He just didn't want to say thank you but now he is 21 and says it about 1/3 of the time. :) He is getting better. thank you for this discussion.
• United States
30 Jan 07
You're welcome! Thanks for sharing too.
• United States
30 Jan 07
Saying "thank you" is very important to me as well. I think it's great to show gratitude. People need to know we appreciate what they do. I also thank God for everything in my life. My children are "developmentally disabled" and I thank, I try to thank, God everyday for their progress and continued progress. A thanks in advance. Teaching our children is also so very important. To most, it's not instinctual to say "thank you" and even "no thank you". This should never go out of style.
• United States
2 Feb 07
Thanks for giving me the "best response" rating for my ideas of saying "thank you".
@romirima (34)
• India
30 Jan 07
yah very true,the only way to show ur gratitude towards them is by saying thank you,its quite bizare that few people dont take time to say thank you which wud just take few seconds of time....i think saying thank you u each n every person who shows u care,helps u out in minute things or any such things is very essential. Just as u gave the examples,its very nice that u give such importance to tell thank you to evryone.And thanx to mylot to start such a good thing for all of us.Have fun!
• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing!
@weslenv (175)
• India
30 Jan 07
first of all i must thank u bcoz today i came to know the importance of thanks..see i used to thank others for small things like lending a pen,or leaving way ,etc but not to my parents for takin care and for doin anythin for..i ll do it from now onwards..any way thanks
• United States
30 Jan 07
You're welcome! Thanks for responding. Hope you'll get use of saying thank you!
@pix_trix (447)
• India
30 Jan 07
yes, in this rush-age, as i call it.. many times we forget to acknowledge the positive efforts of other for us. i feel it is absolutely essential because, not only it motivates the other person, it also helps in building relations, and is a great virtue in humanity! i make sure i use these two little words always! thank you!! :)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing!
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I think saying thank you is very important. I say thank you for everything, too. That's the way I was brought up, though. If we didn't say please and thank you, we didn't get stuff. My mom said even if we had nothing else, we at least had good manners. My husband wasn't brought up like that, though. It drives me crazy. His parents never say thank you. When they've visited us, they come in, expect me to cook for them, clean up after them, and take them places, and they never once say thank you. I mean, I don't mind doing stuff for them but I would appreciate a little thank you, too. It's something we really have been working on with my husband, too. If I cook supper and he doesn't say thank you, I don't get up and fix breakfast the next morning. I don't do that because I don't want to fix him breakfast the next morning or anything, though. I do it because I'm trying to teach my son to always say please and thank you, and he won't properly learn if Daddy doesn't do it.
• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing!
• China
30 Jan 07
i agree with you ,and i will do the same.
• United States
30 Jan 07
Great! Thanks for responding!
@clod0327 (817)
• Philippines
31 Jan 07
I grew up in an environement where saying thank you is really important. I graduated from a school where gratitude is being thaugth as one of the important vurtue. I beleive saying thank you is really important. It shows how you appreciate what the other person has done for you. I;m like you, I say thank you even to the little things done to me.