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Showing appreciation is becoming a habit of the past. When was the last time (That’s if you believe in the Good Lord!) did you wake up and give thanks for being alive and praising God for big and small mercies? I’m guilty of this. Sometimes I wake up in such a hurry to get into work, that being thankful for being alive and in good health and other graces just doesn’t come to mind.

That’s too spiritual for you? Ok, let’s go mortal: when was the last time you said a thank you and meant it? Just saying ‘Thank You’ or ‘Please’ is as Alien to many as knowing what Aurora Borealis is. I guess we live in times where people are of the ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme species!’

I work within an industry where schmucks feel they have a God Given right to get what they want without using the magic password: PLEASE. They EXPECT that you deal with their requests immediately, because “We are going to press, and this needs to be done.. yesterday!” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not expecting a medal or something like, but its just the principle. Think about it: all it takes is for you to apply saliva to your mouth, place your tongue between to accentuate the “TH” and click the “K”, and your half way there in creating the perfect verbal”Thank You.” The same method can be applied when saying ‘Please’, only without using the ‘TH’ technique.

Many would argue that saying ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ is as bad as sucking up. I don’t believe so. When you show your appreciation to someone who has helped you, not only have you made that person feel good about what he or she has done for you, but that person will go out of their way of helping you again in the future. The concept of thank you and please should work on the basis that there are no strings attached.

I’m not here to moralise or such, but saying thanks can go a long way. So, if you haven’t said a ‘please’ or ‘thanks’ to someone who did a job or deserved it, what are you waiting for? If you need more help on this topic, then dial 555-SAYPLEASE.

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