The words “Thank You” are simple and elegant, yet they hold much power and have a profound effect.
“Thank you for your hard work.”
“Thank you for taking the time to listen.”
“Thank you for your service.”
Each of these statements can make a beautiful and positive impact on an individual and improve their experience. They are two words that can help lighten someone’s burden a little because you showed appreciation for their efforts. Saying “thank you” is an easy gesture, but sometimes it’s so simple it can be forgotten.
Praise and admiration do not just fall from the sky. And while many people in your life crave it, they will rarely request it. The act of asking for praise, no matter how much they want it or need it, tends to remove the authentic nature that is associated with the praise in the first place. Some people would rather provide unlimited chances for you to be genuine in your appreciation than contaminate future acts of gratefulness because they asked for it and made it an obligation.
Don’t let AI remove magic words from your vocabulary
We are currently experiencing what it’s like to grow up with voice automated artificial intelligence devices all around us. They are presenting a courtesy conundrum. There is a justifiable concern about how these gadgets could affect manners over time.
With Alexa and Siri, and instant gratification, common niceties, like including “please” and “thank you” have made way for lists of simple commands. While your GPS may not need you to “ask nicely”, the people around you will appreciate it.
Don’t let technology remove the power of praise from your everyday life. It may take a little extra effort but being more gracious to your fellow human is worth it.
Make it your mission to make someone else’s day magical
The holidays are a stressful time and even though it should be a time to think about others, it’s easy to get wrapped up in your own circle. Don’t let frustration buildup get you down. Pick yourself up by making others feel good for what they do.
If you are traveling this holiday season, please consider that the people working around you are there so you can reach your destination and see your loved ones. When you’re shopping, think about everyone who is working hard so you can have an enjoyable experience. If you’re working, realize the person working next to you is most likely feeling the same things as you. They are sacrificing time with their families, stressing about the perfect gift to get their loved ones and frustrated about the road construction. Let them know you appreciate all that they do.
Take a moment to say, “Thank you”. Thank them for working during the holidays, for putting on a smile, for holding the door, and for making your day a little better. You’ll make their holiday a lot brighter in the process.
So, from Flagship, we’d like to thank you. Thank you for being you and being here. Thank you for being great daughters and sons, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and loved ones, employees, coworkers, partners and clients. Thank you for contributing and making this world a better place with the beauty of your ideas.