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The flip side of doing good – saying ‘Thank You’​

What do we say when others do good for us?

‘Thank You’ is such a simple, short, and honorable statement that it seems to be more and more taken for granted in todays world. 

Doesn’t it feel great when you do something, big or small, for someone else and they pause, look you in the eyes and give you a truly sincere ‘Thank You’?

How easy is it to give that same gift to someone else?

 

Adora Thank You

As our wonderful wizard in residence Russ Johns likes to say “Kindness is cool, and smiles are free”

The focus on doing good is one of the core tenants of how we live here at Adora.

Yet we’ve stumbled upon, ok maybe we’ve been slapped in the face, with a few cultural trends that we would like to shift in a better direction.

We want to encourage an attitude of gratitude. One of the ways we would like to lead this charge is by saying thank you, audibly, more often.

According to positive psychologists, the words ‘thank you‘ are no longer just good manners, they are also good for our own well being.

In the article linked above they give some of the best known examples, studies that have suggested that being grateful can improve well-being, physical health, can strengthen social relationships, produce positive emotional states and help us cope with stressful times in our lives.

We also say thank you for a few other reasons. We want the other person to know we value what they’ve done for us and, maybe, encourage them to help us again in the future.

It’s this aspect of gratitude that Adam M. Grant and Francesca Gino examine in a series of  studies published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Grant & Gino, 2010). The Harvard Business Review recorded an interview with them and you can listen to that here.

They wanted to see what effect gratitude has on the person who is being thanked. Does it motivate and, if so, is it just by making people feel good, or is it more than that?

The data is a wonderful confirmation of the power of the simple phrase ‘Thank You’ – we want to help lead the effort to make this an even more common and prevalent statement.

If you agree we would love to hear from you, simply tag us on social and mention someone who has done something, a big or small something, for you and use the hashtag #thankyou.

Thank you for visiting us here are Adora Creative, we hope you have an amazing day!

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