We often say thank you numerous times throughout the day, perhaps a mumble to someone in the street, or a family member who makes you a cup of tea. Sometimes we can forget the importance it holds. Sharing appreciation for one another can significantly improve our moods, relationships and even health.
Saying ‘thank you’ is the simplest form of showing gratitude and the most effective way of recognising another person’s efforts. Thanking others shows you have respect for them, their time and what they’ve done for you. But even more, it can give them an inner happiness because they develop a feeling of value. Did you know that a ‘thank you’ can boost endorphins?
Showing gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous. Here’s just a few of the many benefits that come from being thankful:
- Gratitude opens the door and strengthens relationships.
Not only does saying ‘thank you’ demonstrate good manners but showing appreciation can help you make new friends. So, whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or sent a quick ‘thank you’ card as part of our Thank You Fortnight campaign, acknowledging someone else’s help can lead to new and exciting opportunities.
- Gratitude improves physical health.
Grateful people are often more optimistic, happier and less stressed. They experience fewer aches and pains and tend to feel healthier than other people. They exercise more frequently and are also more likely to take care of their health.
- Gratitude has proven to increase self-esteem and consequently reduce social comparisons.
This means that rather than becoming jealous or resentful towards other people, grateful people can appreciate and happily celebrate other people’s accomplishments.
In the daily rush of our busy lives, it can be hard sometimes to remember to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ and as we reach the end of Thank You Fortnight and National Thank You Day approaches, take a moment to thank a friend, family member, teacher or even a colleague for something they’ve done for you – it could brighten their day.