Everybody loves to hear those magical words but some people would appreciate it more than most. It takes no time at all to say thank you and it might mean more than you realise. Here are some suggestions of who you could thank, starting with the less obvious:
The older generation are very big on manners and conversations. Have you ever noticed that when you help an elderly person they always say thank you? Use National Thank You Week to appreciate your elderly family members, friends, neighbours or those who you look after if you are in the care industry. Grandparents always spoil us with food and love so let’s spoil them with gratitude and let them know we care!
2. Sales assistants/customer service
They deal with demanding, frustrating, and bizarre customers all day everyday. If they’ve given you a smile or good service even when they're coping with the stresses of the customer service industry, then they deserve a thank you. This could be in the form of a big smile, a nice tip or a positive comment to their manager. We are so busy rushing everywhere that we often forget to consider how other people are feeling, so try to remember to say thank you to anyone who brightens your day this summer.
3. Emergency services and armed forces
These services are essential, and they risk their lives without expectation of praise or thanks to keep us safe. It should be every day that we say thank you to those who help us but thank you week gives us an excuse to shake the hand of soldier in uniform (as long as it’s not the Queen’s Guard). Or perhaps if you run a business you could offer the policeman on duty a free tea/coffee. These people do not think twice about putting our needs ahead of theirs so it’s extremely important that we appreciate and support them.
4. Your boss
Have a think: has your boss has been very understanding of some personal circumstances or welcomed you into the company? If they have made you feel valued and comfortable then it is well worth sending a thank you their way. The chances are that they don’t get thanked very often so doing this will not only be a chance for you to express your gratitude, but it might also be an ice-breaker which helps to build your professional relationship.
They spend their time making sure that you achieve your goals and they are dedicated to your success. Although we might thank them when we reach the end of a course or a school year, why wait until then? If they share your happiness when you are doing well, let them know how grateful you are for their help and guidance. This could be a quick thank you, a written card or maybe a recommendation of their services. A bar of chocolate probably wouldn’t go unnoticed either (rather than the famous teacher’s apple).
6. Other Drivers
With more and more cars on the road driving can be incredibly stressful. We've all been in that situation where you let somebody into your lane, go out of your way to make their journey easier.... and then they don't say thank you! Seriously guys, a quick wave of your hand is all we need to feel good about ourselves for being a courteous driver. Say thank you to those who help you out whilst you're driving and hopefully we'll have less road rage during rush hour.
Sometimes when our friends desert us and our parents are busy lecturing us, we turn to our siblings for comfort and advice. Having a brother or sister (or both) can mean having a best friend for life. Rather than bickering about whose turn it is to take the dog to the vet, how about letting them know that you value their support?
Friends are our backbone! They give us advice, support, love, honest opinions, and most importantly: a social life. Perhaps they have recently been an absolute rock for you during a crisis or maybe they themselves have been through a rough time and need a pick me up. You know your friends better than anyone so naturally you know the best way to say thank you for their friendship. It will definitely go a long way.
This might seem like an obvious one but it's easy to become comfortable in a relationship and forget to use your P's & Q's. Your boyfriend or girlfriend is the person who is there for you in ways that other people can't be because they probably spend the most time with you. They know you better than anyone and are also your best friend. Take some time to appreciate them and what they mean to you. They might have sent you flowers after a rough day, cooked you dinner, let you rant for an hour about something boring, been patient with your family at a stressful BBQ or maybe they are just consistent in making you happy. It's always important to let them know you're grateful to have them by your side.
It goes without saying that our parents do a lot for us that we will probably never be able to return. However it is also true that most parents don’t want us to repay them, as they do things for us out of love and worry. They just want to know that we are safe and stress-free so the occasional thank you dinner or box of chocolates wouldn’t go amiss. Make sure you show them how grateful you are, even if it’s just a hug or taking out the bins for once.
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