Two Words That Can Change A Life

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Thank you.

It doesn’t really matter how they’re delivered – it just matters that they are. In our rush to get to the next thing, don’t forget to express your appreciation. A barista once said he was so moved by the fact that a customer looked him in the eye to say thank you. They also dropped some change in the tip jar. He felt he was often invisible to the people looking to grab a quick cup’a Joe on their way to the office, and that the day someone stopped – to use those two simple words – he felt validated and as he said, human.

Thank you for the little things.
Thank you to those who are rarely thanked.
Thank you to a child who brings you a special surprise.
Thank you to the person who holds the door to the elevator, busses your table, or does your dry cleaning.
Thank you on parchment with a stamped envelope.
Thank you in a text.
Thank you via a single flower and scribbled note.
Thank you with your voice, looking straight in the eye.
Thank you to your parent, your sibling, your middle school coach.
Thank you as an antidote to selfishness and as a gateway to joy.
Thank you.

Who can you thank today?

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Penny is a marketing consultant, writer and mentor to young creatives and social entrepreneurs. She spends much of her time marketing feature films and other entertainment properties. She previously was the Vice President of Marketing at International Justice Mission and has a passion to see injustice eradicated on the earth. She’s married and happy about it. She has two sons, a daughter-in-law and two alpacas. Follow Penny @pennyhunter.

7 COMMENTS
  • Arianna March 27, 2014

    Thank you for the reminder that a little gratitude goes a long way!

  • margo March 23, 2014

    Thank you for making us aware of how grateful we should be.

  • Casey Prince March 22, 2014

    Thank you for the reminder. I try so hard to model this for my kids. I want them to hear me say it not just in prompting them but in actual thanks to people throughout my day.

  • Christopher March 17, 2014

    Your wellcome

    • Christopher March 17, 2014

      missed the apostrophe! cuh! teach me for being a smarty pants.

  • Madeline Audrey March 17, 2014

    A life of gratitude is a happy one.

  • Lexie March 16, 2014

    Thank you for the great article 😉

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