In a recent post, I included a mini-rant about the practice of young people’s athletic teams exchanging less than heartfelt “Good game” wishes and hand slaps after a competition. This got me thinking about expressing thanks …
When did so many of us become so blase about expressing and accepting gratitude for actions and behavior? We so casually drop rote phrases like “good game” or “thanks a ton“, often without experiencing a congruent emotion to go with the words.
The phrase “empty words” comes to mind here.
When you express gratitude to someone for something, you ought to at least meet these three criteria:
You have to say it …
If you feel thankful toward someone, you need to actually express that gratitude in specific and thoughtful words. A casual “thanks loads” does not meet the standard here.
Two possible “sins” here:
1) Not saying anything when you should
2) Saying something trite or innocuous when you should be specific and direct Continue reading