Why are expressions of gratitude important?
Good manners are a code of conduct or rules, based on common sense, courtesy and usage. Gratitude is one of these rules.
Since we were children, we have known that some situations require an expression of gratitude.
There have always been ungrateful people but this doesn’t mean that we are all ungrateful.
It is important to say thank you because:
We recognize that someone had a choice – they didn’t have to do something in a certain way.
Saying thank you acknowledges our dependence on others. No man is an island.
We should appreciate the act of a good deed and the time it took to perform that deed.
It is important to recognize the time it took, especially because we are a time deprived society.
We acknowledge our relationship with the person we say “Thank You” to. It’s a simple sign of respect.
If we do not express gratitude, our relationship might change because we show we don’t care about the other person.
People give do a certain deed because they are looking for recognition, respect and affection.
If we are not thanked, we worry our deed was meaningless. By demeaning the deed, we demean the person.
By undermining the code of conduct, we belittle the worth of others. What we are saying is: I don’t have to thank you because you mean nothing to me.
It is contagious. If you do something nice for someone, they will do something nice for someone else.
If we start chipping away at gratitude and common courtesy, life becomes very unpleasant.