Over the past couple of months I have really gotten into watching TED talks. In fact, a few of the talks I watched eventually lead me to create this challenge. Today I want to share one with you on the importance of saying two simple words – thank you.
Appearing in the 3 minute TED (click here to watch it) Dr. Laura Trice discusses the merits of showing appreciation and delves deeply into the reasons why most people are hesitant to use those magic words. If there are any second thoughts as to why saying thank you is critical, here are four reasons why you should.
1. SOMEONE MIGHT REALLY NEED TO HEAR IT
Dr. Trice relays a story of a young man in a rehab facility that could not get over the pain that his father never told him he was proud of him. This is one story of countless others that show how much difference a word of praise or gratefulness can have in affecting the course of someone’s life.
2. CREATE A RIPPLE EFFECT
Saying thank you and showing appreciation for what someone else has done for you increases the likelihood that this good energy will pay itself forward. Uttering those two words makes people more likely to help others in the future
3. MAKE SOMEONE SMILE
One of the easiest ways to put a smile on someone’s face is to share with them how important they are to you. Whether it’s acknowledging a colleague for a job well done, or telling your loved one something positive about themselves, expressions of appreciation and gratitude make people feel valued, confident and validated.
4. IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
The acts of appreciation and gratitude have proven health benefits, leading to boosts in the immune system and a decrease in stress. The healthy route includes acknowledging others, not holding in your positive thoughts and smiling more often than not.
Your quest for today is to pick someone in your life that you are thankful for and tell them the specific reason why. You must be thoughtful and deliberate about this. Take a few minutes to send this person a text or email or best of all a hand written card. This is a 2-for-1 happiness booster – one boost when you hit send and the other when you get the reply.