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#102: The Power of Thank You

Friday, October 09, 2009

I read on another blog this week about the need to say thank you.

Many years ago, a seminar speaker challenged those in attendance to write 10 thank you notes a month. For a period of time I did and the results were amazing. I don't recall why I stopped.

So, here's a challenge for us: Let's buy a pack of thank you cards and a book of Forever Stamps then send at least one thank you note a week. Make the messages sincere and handwritten. Then enjoy the results.

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To your doctor: "Thank you and your staff for the fine care you offer me. I appreciate being able to discuss any health problem with you."

To the cleaner: "Thank you for the professional job you do for me. My clothes always look great after you're done with them."

To your grocery store manager: "Thank you for offering a clean store and friendly employees to me when I shop in your store. I always feel as if my business is appreciated."

To the gas station employees: "Thank you for your friendly smiles each time I stop in. You make doing business with you a pleasure."

To your pastor (if appropriate): "Thank you for your fine sermons. You leave me feeling inspired. I appreciate all that you do for us."

Add to your list:

* The vet for your pets
* The florist
* Your yard service (if you use one)
* Your dentist
* Day care center manager
* Auto repair facility
* A helpful co-worker
* A pleasant business associate
* Your computer repair person
* The manager and staff of your gym
* The manager and staff of your bowling center
* The owner or manager and staff of your favorite restaurants
* Your favorite coffee shop
* The clothing stores where you shop
* Your local law enforcement department
* Your local fire department
* Your military reserve unit
* The cemetery operator where your loved ones rest in peace.

You get the idea.

Your list will multiply as you get into this habit.

So, too, will the satisfaction you receive from acknowledging the service provided to you on a regular basis.

Let me begin our challenge, albeit by electronic response instead of handwritten note:

Thank you for the support and encouragement all of you offer to me daily. So much of it comes when it is desperately needed, although you couldn't know that.

Thank you for the smiles you bring to me and the new friendships I've made with the fantastic people on this site.

Thank you to those who have chosen to become active members of the sites I lead.

Thank you to those of you who have experienced profound weight loss and shared your trials and triumphs with us.

And, thank you for reading my daily messages. Through these I try to encourage, inspire and humor. I appreciate all of your responses and the caring attitudes you have shown me.

I hope you have a blessed weekend and reap the benefits of the power of a thank you.

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"Always will I dig for reasons to applaud...when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs." Og Mandino
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    Thank you JEANLA for reminding me whose post I read. It was quite impressive and triggered he seminar memory. Let us know how your experiment works out. -- Lou
    4159 days ago
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    Thank for this blog. I did write a blog on thanking people - I will accept your challenge and send 10 thank you's this month.
    I appreciate your input and encouragement on Spark.
    God Bless you!
    4159 days ago
    thank YOU, for all the support, encouragement and everything that you do for us!
    4160 days ago
    AWESOME idea, Lou! Just today as I read the front page of yesterday's paper I dug out a thank you card to send to one of our local K-9 handlers with our S/O. He and his GSD deputy won third place in a national competition. I felt such a need to express to him how grateful I am for his hard work and dedication. He'll be my first thank you note!

    And thank YOU, for your insightful blogs; for your friendship; for the sincerity of your heart that shines through all that you do; for your genuine interest in others; for the generosity of your heart and mind, where there is so much room for the others in your world. I am so thankful to be one of them!
    4161 days ago
    I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton

    4161 days ago
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    Fabulous idea!

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    4162 days ago
    Something I will always remember from being a supervisor in a busy call center.....EVERYONE is more than thrilled to tell a supervisor about a bad experience. It is a rare rare thing to have someone ask for a supervisor to say how great the rep was.

    As a result, I make it a point to ask for a supervisor every time I receive great service. They are ALWAYS shocked and I can tell you from my former experience, it absolutely makes the rep's day.
    4162 days ago
    What an amazing idea. I think I'll give it a try.

    Thank you!
    4162 days ago
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    What a wonderful idea! I will do my best to do this.
    On another group I am on the challenge was to post a note somewhere letting someone know that they are loved or beautiful or perfect just the way they are. www.operationbeautiful.com. I had fun posting my notes. These thank you notes should fit wonderfully with this. Not only will it possibly brighten someone else's day, it will help me to grow into a more grateful and thankful person!
    Thank you!!
    4162 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/9/2009 2:19:32 AM
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