Practice the art of saying “thank you.”
- It reinforces to you and the other what is valuable to you.
- It rewards the actions of another. (gives them value)
- It encourages another to continue to do good.
- It teaches others to say thank you.
- It takes away some of the ugly pride. (requires some humility)
- Make it specific: “Thank you for helping me take out the garbage without being asked.”
- Make it sincere: “Learn to appreciate the things others do for you.”
- Show the value: “It helps me spend more time on other house work.”
- Share the result: “It encourages me that you have learned to manage your life to get the mundane things done. I think I will trust you with bigger things.”
- Stop with the thanks: Avoid following “thank you” with “but . . .” Let the thanks do its’ work. In other words . . . don’t water down the power of the thanks. “Thank you for taking out the trash, but you should have done that months ago.” “Thanks for washing the car, but you missed a spot.”