The Power of Saying Thanks


by Don Smith

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Recently whenever anyone follows me on Twitter, I've been giving them a shout out and saying thanks.

It's a lot of work because the numbers are snowballing, and I haven't automated it because Twitter doesn't like that. I'm genuinely grateful that people feel like I'm worth following, but there's another ulterior reason for me saying thanks to everyone.

Twitter Followers
Saying thanks to everyone is tough some days.

People Appreciate a Thank You

The thing is, when you tell people thanks, they appreciate that. Their responses to you saying thanks are likely to make you smile, and we all need those positive moments in our lives. I don't know about you, but I like smiling and feeling like I've made someone's day.

Think about the last time someone said thanks to you. Did that make you like that person more, and make you more willing to help or do business with them in the future?

Saying Thanks Helps Both of You

If you're like me, that tiny bit of positive reinforcement made you more willing to help in the future. Positive reinforcement is an incredibly powerful tool if you want people to continue doing certain things, and is much more effective than punishments. It doesn't have to be big, it can be as simple as a thank you.

Saying thanks helps both of you. Every time I say thanks to a bunch of people for following, there's at least one of their responses that makes me smile. Usually it's because they are smiling because I said thanks with a cheesy picture that made them smile. Life is a big mirror that way, the energy you put out comes right back to you. As an added bonus, I usually get a few more following as well when some of them retweet the thanks.

Just Do It

Say thanks because it's the right thing to do. It'll put a smile on your face and theirs. Even better, leave someone a handwritten note if you want to make their week.

Just do it.

Thank You

Thank you for reading and sharing this.

Thanks to those who are helping in our personal development community. Thank you to those who have bought something from our store, taken a course, or joined one of our groups.

YOU make this community possible.

Thank You.

Thank You!
Photo by Howie R on Unsplash

About the Author 

Don Smith

Happily married with five kids, Smith owns a technology company, has served on the board of directors for multiple companies, and loves playing soccer, hiking, and mentoring.

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