John an attorney and now Los Angeles Superior Court Judge – whose decision to write one “thank you” note a day for one year turned his seemingly terrible life around. His book is an amazing journey of how John’s life changed for the better on all levels. A must read.
Everyone needs to feel appreciated and when someone takes the time and effort to write a thank you note or to say ‘thank you’ for doing something, whether it is to bring you a cup of coffee in the morning or to open a door for you to pass through, it actually differentiates you from the rest of the crowd that don’t say “thank you”. Saying “thank you” helps to motivate and reinforce the other person to engage or to continue engaging in the nice or helpful behavior.
What are some suggestions for thanking others? A handwritten note of thanks or an e-mail are good choices. Your note should be warm, personal and sincere. Do not use a sarcastic tone when thanking someone, since a thank-you is supposed to build someone up. The timing of your thank-you is also important. You should respond to someone within 48 hours of receiving the assistance, gift, help, etc. Of course, in some situations you can thank the person immediately if you are together. If you are late, you should still send the note. It is better to send a note and apologize for being late in thanking the person than to never send any note at all.
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