I recently read James Clear’s Newsletter about how saying Thank You could make my life better. I loved it so much that I thought I would share it with you, especially this Thanksgiving week.
- Say “Thank You” when you’re receiving a compliment.
Example: “You killed your presentation today!”
Instead of: “Did I? I felt so nervous up there. I’m glad it looked alright.”
Try saying: “Thank you. I’m happy it went well.”
- Say “Thank You” when you’re running late.
Example: You walk in the door 14 minutes late.
Instead of: “So sorry I’m late. Traffic was insane out there.”
Try saying: “Thank you for your patience.”
- Say “Thank You” when you’re comforting someone.
Example: Your co-worker’s mother passed away recently.
Instead of: “At least you have a lot of fond memories to hold onto.”
Try saying: “Thank you for sharing that with me. I know this is a hard time for you.”
- Say “Thank You” when you’re receiving helpful feedback.
Example: “This work isn’t good enough. I thought you would do better.”
Instead of: “You don’t understand. Here’s what really happened.”
Try saying: “Thank you for expecting more of me.”
- Say “Thank You” when you’re receiving unfair criticism.
Example: “Your statement is the dumbest thing I’ve read all week.”
Instead of: “You’re an idiot. Let me tell you why…”
Try saying: “Thank you for the feedback. I still have a lot to learn.”
- Say “Thank You” when someone gives you unsolicited advice.
Example: “You know, you should really keep your hips back when you do that exercise.”
Instead of: “Oh really? Do you have a video of yourself doing it so I can see it done correctly?”
Try saying: “Thank you for the help.”
- Say “Thank You” when you’re not sure if you should thank someone.
When in doubt, just say thank you. There is no downside. Are you honestly worried about showing too much gratitude to the people in your life?
“Should I send a Thank You card in this situation?” Yes, you should.
“Should I tip him?” If you don’t, at least say thank you.
PS: If you want to read James Clear’s newsletter, here it is: (https://jamesclear.com/say-thank-you)