I sent someone an email yesterday. I was a little offended a few hours later after not receiving a response. Not only did I never receive a response, I never received anything that resembled the two simplest yet most powerful of words.
I sat and thought what a waste of time my energies were. I never knew if the recipient received the message or appreciated it in any way. So why do people not just simply reply to messages with the two words that never get old?
It takes seconds to send an email, yet manners seem to be lacking in this millennial age. I truly believe “Thank you” can never be overused. I try my best to always reply to emails even if I just send a generic “Thank you, (insert recipient’s name here).”
Oh, and that’s another thing. I try to always make it a point to address people by their first name, whether it is in person or via email. There is something special about hearing your own name. I feel acknowledged and special whenever someone calls me by my name during any exchange.
Thank you can never be overused because of the simple fact that we all like to be acknowledged and thanked for taking time out of our busy day to provide information and/or work on a certain project. I oftentimes wonder if using thank you at the beginning and closing of a letter or email is too much. I have come to the conclusion that gratitude is always welcomed no matter what the circumstance and/or environment.
So, if you ever wonder whether you are killing people with your thank you’s in person or via any type of correspondence, stop wondering. Send the thank you for your time and/or consideration. When a stranger opens a door, say thank you two times over just in case they didn’t hear you the first time around.
Thank you never gets old or tiring. But you know what does get tiring and frustrating? Never being acknowledged for your work, gestures or time. Just like a smile, a thank you can go a very long way. Life is all about personal exchanges, so please make sure you thank people along the way for their contribution to your exchange. Using these two simple words can make all the difference.