The Phrase That is Most Important, Yet Highly Forgotten

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Who knew that one little phrase consisting of two little words could mean so much. Not only does this phrase impact yourself, but also those you interact with all the time, or with whom you cross paths with only once.

These two words were taught to you since the time when you started learning how to talk, but for some reason have faded away from our vocabulary. That’s why I’ve created three instances where it’s appropriate to use these two words instead of any others. This wonderful phrase is: “Thank You.”

  1. If you’re late to work or an appointment.
    Not only is this a stressful, but it’s also disrespectful to the person who is waiting up for you. Giving thanks to someone might be a little outside the box where an apology is normally perfect. Instead of apologizing, turning it into “Thank You” acknowledges the person who is waiting and how they are using their time for you. When a mistake is made and someone else makes a sacrifice, it’s habitual to be sorry, but it’s better to commend them for being patient.
  2. If you receive a compliment.
    Ever been given a compliment, and to seem humble or avoid appearing smug, you respond with a devaluating statement? Doing so might make you seem humble at the time, but in reality, you are ignoring acknowledgement of the person praising you. A genuine compliment was given, and it was deflected. When you say “Thank you”, it allows you to enjoy the moment with the person who gave you the compliment.
  3. If you are given constructive criticism or feedback.
    Feedback: information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. That is the definition of feedback. Now when you receive feedback from someone, we’ve all been there, there’s a high possibility that you will provide a counter argument. If it’s a bad review from your boss, or an encounter with an unhappy customer, it is common to be defensive. It feels like you’re on the fence right? Well, try using “Thank You” instead, and use the constructive criticism to improve. I for one don’t like failing, but failure is just data to help you become better.

When you don’t know whether you should or shouldn’t thank someone, just thank them. There will never be a negative impact when you tell someone “Thank you”, there’s nothing wrong with showing a little extra gratitude, right? What instances do you use “Thank you” for? Let us know by tweeting at us: @DirectCapital. We look forward to reading your comments.

-Thank You –