Kids: Do you say Thank you?

Two simple words that are worth their weight in gold are "Thank You," yet so many kids forget to say them when the situation warrants it. Do you say thank you? If not, why not? 

Now, I'm not talking about those great big THANK YOUs given for the special gift your parents buy you. Those are easy to give. I'm talking about the everyday thank you's. You know, the ones you should give when someone holds the door open for you, or let's you go first in the lunch line, or shares their glue stick with you in art class, or even gives you first kick at the ball. The simple everyday courtesies that happen to you every single day. Some of you may be asking, "What? I'm suppose to say thank you for all of that?" In a word--YES!

Saying thank you is way to show your appreciation. It's a sign of good manners or a way to show you consider the feelings of others. It's based on the Golden Rule which simply means that you should treat everyone the way you want to be treated. So if you like it when other kids tell you thank you when you do something nice, then don't you think kids who do something nice for you would appreciate a thank you.

Besides showing gratitude and appreciation, saying thank you is an accepted form of etiquette. Etiquette is defined as the proper and polite way to behave with each other. It's the way you are expected to act when in public. As you grow older, there are simple courtesies you are expected to do. For instance, when you are introduced to or interviewed by a prospective employer, you are expected to shake the person's hand. And after the interview, you are expected to say--yep, you got it--"Thank you." 

Lastly, saying thank you can make you feel better about yourself. Numerous studies have pointed to gratitude as a way to improve happiness. It's been said that it increases positive emotions and makes it easier to have friends. And you have to admit, it is easier to be friends with a happy person than one who is grumpy or mean. So next time someone holds the door open for you, why not say thank you as you rush by. It will make both of you a little happier.

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