Chapter 24

Be a Thanker

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”
-- G.K. Chesterton

People appreciate being recognized and thanked for their services. There are times when we are so absorbed in our own activities that we forget to be a “thanker.”

Taking a few moments to say thanks and express gratitude to someone for even the smallest of services, will not only boost that person’s self-esteem and motivate him or her to further improve their performance, but showing appreciation will also make you feel good. A “thank you” via email is always appreciated, but it does not match the feeling and appreciation of receiving a handwritten note. Make an investment in some cards and when it feels appropriate take a couple of minutes to write a note of thanks. Each time the recipient sees the card, his or her sense of self-worth and feeling of appreciation will receive another positive boost.

Equally as important is thanking those who pay you a compliment or thank you for your services.

When we are given compliments or acknowledgments, it is important to accept them graciously. Often we respond by saying “It was nothing.” Well, it’s not “nothing.” If it was nothing, the other person would not…