Thank You: Do You Use These 2 Words Often Enough?

Do you use these 2 words often enough? “You are the #1 best at email replies to blog posts!” That’s a message I received from a colleague after I thanked her for commenting on my blog.

Yes, I respond to comments ON my blog, but I also send a separate email (not an auto-responder) thanking people for taking the time to share their thoughts with me & my readers.

I also thank people for “liking” my posts on Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn. And, when they endorse me on LinkedIn or RT something I post on Twitter, I express my gratitude there as well.

I didn’t think what I was doing was all that unusual, but from the sound of my colleague’s message, I guess not everyone follows suit.

“Thank you!” Just two little words. They don’t take a long time to write or say out loud, but how often do you use them?

Inevitably, when I send an email thanking someone for taking time out of their busy day, they respond with surprise, appreciation or both. It’s just natural for me to say “thanks”. And, I just don’t do it by email. I’m still one who believes in sitting down and writing a “thank you” note by hand. Good ‘ol snail mail.

After receiving a handwritten note I had mailed to him, one colleague actually posted a copy of it on Facebook. I was touched that he was grateful for the gratitude I expressed to him.

Gratitude is a simple gesture we should all practice more often. It’s simple to express and has profound effects on others.

Here’s a starter list of 5 reasons to consider saying “thanks” in the world of social networking:

1. A reader shares his/her thoughts by writing a comment on your blog post.
2. A friend “likes” comments or shares your Facebook update (on your personal profile or on your Fan Page).
3. A fan or colleague retweets or comments on one of your Tweets.
4. A LinkedIn or Google+ contact “likes,” comments or shares one of your posts.
5. A LinkedIn contact recommends or endorses one (or more) of your skills.

And, as I mentioned earlier, when it comes to face-to-face contact and I’ve met someone new, had a lovely conversation, received a referral or was the recipient of their gracious hospitality, handwritten notes are a beautiful gesture of gratitude.

So, a big thank you to each of you who continue to read my blog. I appreciate you and the time you take to do so.

What about you? Do you say or write “thank you” often enough? Share your comments below because I’d love to hear from you.

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Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.

Comments

  1. I know exactly what you mean, Debra! I am amazed at how much the words “Thank You” and You’re Welcome” lack in today’s society. I know it’s been like this for many years with Internet marketing, but it happens offline, too!

    When I ran my printing business, I always mailing handwritten thank you cards. The customers appreciated them and I loved sending them!

    Over the years, I’ve spent well over $10,000 on goods and services online and never once received a handwritten (or printed) thank you note. I guess some don’t feel it’s necessary to WOW your customers. 🙁

    Keep up the great work! 🙂
    Bonnie Gean recently posted…How to Add a PayPal (Buy Now) Button to Your BlogMy Profile

    • Thank you Bonnie. It is amazing that you haven’t received a note of thanks for all the investments you’ve made online.
      I think many of us are becoming more aware of the importance of being grateful. I hope that it continues to spread as it doesn’t take a lot to let someone know you appreciate them.
      🙂
      ~Debra

  2. Yes, I am one of the few people who still say ‘thank you’, both verbally and via cards (ecards and paper). I think it is one of the lost courtesies in our culture.
    Rachel Lavern recently posted…Finding Your Focused NicheMy Profile

    • I’d like to think that more and more people are becoming cognizant of the importance of being grateful Rachel. “Thank you” is so simple and SO meaningful. Thank you for stopping by & sharing your perspective. Much appreciated.

  3. When I get done with my shift doing home care…a word of praise or kindness sure makes the difference.
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  4. So glad you decided to write this post Debra! You are quite excellent at a variety of communication forms of gratitude. I don’t think you can say thank you too much. As someone who has received your hand written notes, they bring a huge smile to my face every time. Thanks for sharing your ideas on spreading the love. Now, I’m going to go share this post as my sign of gratitude for you writing it. 🙂
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    • You were the inspiration for this post Stephanie so “thank you” for suggesting I write it. And, thanks for sharing it with your peeps. It’s a good idea to be grateful year ’round, not just at Thanksgiving.
      Appreciate you stopping by and commenting.
      ~Debra

  5. Gratitude is so very important in our lives. I also thank people on my fan page when they like a post or comment. I also from time to time post a word of appreciation for all of the regulars on my page. I think it is important for them to understand that their interaction with me is important to me. i appreciate the time they took out of their life to share with me. Love to you Debra! <3
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  6. Debra, have you read “The Thank You Economy” by Gary Vaynerchuk? Your post reminds me a bit of its message — that the power of a “thank you” is beyond just the words. I probably annoy my friends sometimes with making sure that my kids express thanks for small and large kindnesses, but like you, I believe it’s really important.
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    • Jessica, while I know about Gary’s “Thank You Economy” book. I haven’t read it. I was just in the book store the other day reading through his latest book “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.”
      Gratitude for even the small stuff is important everyday. As Crosby, Stills & Nash sang, “Teach your children well.” Sounds like you’re already doing that. Way to go.
      Thanks.
      ~Debra

  7. The best way to attract more good into our lives is not to sit around saying “I need more” of this or that as Life will affirm that do you, in fact, have need. The best way to attract more is to express gratitude for all that you have while affirming that there is plenty. Additionally, people appreciate being appreciated. This is a great post on the power of Thank You so Thank YOU for posting!
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