The Value Of Thank You


Thank you can come in many forms from words, to attitude, to assistance, to flowers. But the real question is what is the value of a thank you.

“Thank you” is easily tossed into the air as two words or even one if it’s “Thanks.” But the attitude and behavior that follows is also important. Employees are pleased to hear a cowroker or boss say those words. A waiter or waitress loves to see the thank you in the form of a good tip (15-20%)  A person when he offers help to a stranger is pleased by a thank you.

One of the most grateful recipients of an apprecitive Thank You is a wife or mother who do so much that goes unnoticed. These women might hold a job and yet is still the major chef, housekeeper, laundry person, and shopper. Instead of “Thanks, Mom,” they often hear complaints that the laundry hasn’t been done, the meal prepared wasn’t a favorite or “You knew I needed ??? and you didn’t buy it.”

Father’s sometimes receive the same treatment. Though they allow the teen to borrow the car often, they are scorned when for some reason they say no. Or a dad who assists in the house and yard work or does the shopping is sometimes not thanked too. What does a little thank you cost us?

Nothing and yet these words so easy to say are often neglected by those who should be grateful. But this video provides a wonderful example of unexpected thank yous that touch the recipients hearts and lives. Something so simple and yet often neglected. I had seen this video before but I was moved again by the reasons and the results of these amazing Thank Yous. I hope it reminds us all that even a small favor or thoughtfulness can be received with a smile and a sincere thank you.



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  1. Dawn Leonard October 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Gail, I agree that “Thank you”s are great and they do make people feel good. Sometimes they can be overdone and lose their meaning. For example, if every time you talk to your boss and they say “thanks for all you do” at the close of every conversation, it doesn’t mean anything after a while. It’s just an empty tagline like “have a nice day” or “come again soon”.

    I loved the video. I wish that could happen when I go to the ATM.

  2. Joan Arning October 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    Missouri. I think we all appreciate being thanked.

  3. Angie Young October 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    What a great read and a great video!

  4. Gail Gaymer Martin October 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Thanks for your comments. I agree with Dawn about overworking thank yous. They become almost placating, just keeping you content in a non-sincere way.

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