It had been a rough week.
I was overwhelmed, tired, and borderline delusional.
As I was leaving work, I knew what awaited me.
We were in the process of remodeling our kitchen, and I had a backsplash to finish.
There was just one problem. All I wanted to do was stare at a wall.
As I walked into the house that evening, my head held low, a note was waiting on the counter.
It simply said, “Thank you for all you do. We appreciate you. You’re a hard worker, and we are crazy about you!”
That was all I needed. It was like the flip of a switch. I suddenly had the energy to finish my day!
Unfortunately, many people never hear those two simple words.
Here are four reasons you should tell someone “thank you” today.
1. Humans Crave Appreciation
Let’s be honest. We all want to be appreciated.
I’m not talking about a “look at me” kind of craving (though some do), but a genuine need for someone to look you in the eye and say, “Thank you”.
Like a plant needs water, we all need to hear “thank you” from time to time.
Receiving praise should never be our motive for helping others, but it reinforces to us that what we did mattered.
2. It Creates a Ripple Effect
I was on the bank of a small mountain stream with my son recently.
We were standing by an area where the water was deep which caused it to move slowly.
I picked up a rock and threw it in the stream.
Eventually the waves made it all the way back to shore from just that tiny rock.
A moment later a handful of rocks splashed into the water.
My son had seen me throw a rock, and figured he should do the same.
As small a gesture as saying “thank you” is, it can go a long way.
Like my son, others are watching. Being a thankful person can be contagious.
There’s enough ill will out spreading like wildfire, why not counter that with an act of gratitude.
You never know who’s watching.
3. It Takes Little Effort
I dare you to name one thing that will make as big an impact with as little effort as saying, “Thank you”.
It’s only two words, but the impact is huge.
Those two words convey a feeling of worth to others. A sense that they matter. That they’re noticed. That they’re not taken for granted.
And what will all that cost you? Less than half a breath.
Talk about bang for your buck!
4. It Helps Improve Your Mental And Physical Health
When we express our appreciation to others, they are not the only ones that benefit.
We do too.
Remember back to the last time you thanked someone. I don’t mean the quick “Thanks” you said to the person that held a door for you this morning.
Think back to the last time you wrote a thank you note or went out of you way to make sure someone knew you appreciated them.
Do you remember that feeling of satisfaction that followed?
Scientist have actually studied this.
Studies show that people who make gratitude a daily practice experience many health perks.
Improved mental focus, better sleep, heart health, stronger immune systems, and a lower risk of depression were all linked to being a thankful person.
I think its safe to say that we have a lot to gain and nothing to lose by making an effort to tell at least one person thank you today.
So from me to you, thank you. Thank you for reading this blog. It means a lot to me that you stopped by.
How about you? Is there someone you need to thank today?