Take The Opportunity: Say Thanks Today

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By Stuart Young

This is the simplest thing in the world to do – and sometimes the
hardest. We all have occasions where saying thanks to someone really
sticks in our side.

Sometimes we might even decide not to say it at
all. But saying thanks under those conditions can really make a
difference, not only to the person you’re saying it too but to you

When you can say thanks, and mean it sincerely, you are on the
path to building a bridge with that person. That relationship could
end up growing stronger or at least more bearable.
You can even say thanks to the universe for being just alive!
On the easy side – saying thanks to someone who has just held the door
open for you or moved aside to let you through can brighten their day.
That thanks will wind its way through the day passing from one person
to the next and the next.

Be the one that starts that process off and then enjoy the thought of where it might end up.

You never know, your easy thanks in the morning could end up being someone else’s difficult
thanks at the end of the day.


Editor’s Note: Stuart Young writes his thoughts on How To Change Your Life One Day At A Time. He aims to provide a “set of 365 practical little guides which WILL change your life if you commit to implementing as many as possible.” He is also completing his book about changing your life one day at a time. You can check his thoughts here.


  1. Katy Dailey says:

    A “thank you” and a genuine smile make an even more powerful combination. The world needs more of both.

  2. I agree completely!! remember the story of the ten that had leprosy that Jess healed and only one came back to thank him. Luke 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

  3. The Importance of Gratitude! Letting others know that they are truly appreciated. Saying thank you! All so important, yet not always practiced. Thank you for your message. – Kristin Let Life In Practices

  4. Being thankful is so very important and saying, “Thank you,” from your heart is powerful and felt by the person to whom it is said. Jay

  5. eof737 says:

    Thank you for the reminder! ;-)

  6. Reblogged this on The Daily Word, Food & The Vine and commented:
    So true

  7. Purely.. Kay says:

    This is such a wonderful post. And I agree, the simplest thing to do is to be thankful,and be kind. I really enjoyed reading this article

  8. The simplest however the most effective (along with a smile). Thankyou Stuart.
    be good to yourself

  9. Jas says:

    Totally makes sense.

  10. Sanah says:

    Saying thank you and remembering people’s name are the most polite thing.

  11. unclerave says:

    “We all have occasions where saying thanks to someone really sticks in our side.” This might be the problem that really needs to be addressed. WHY are some people so reluctant to showing a little gratitude? It doesn’t cost anything to say thank you, or to give a little wave of thanks when driving, but fewer and fewer do so these days. I can *almost* understand the moronic mentality – a la John Wayne’s character – saying “Never apologize and never explain — it’s a sign of weakness”, but to not show thanks??? It’s just plain rudeness. Under what circumstances does saying thank you stick in your side? Even when I’m having a huge fight with my wife, and she’s super angry with me, she thanks me when I give her her vitamins and medication, or other such small gestures. So, I just can’t understand what you meant by that one line.

  12. stuartart says:

    Hi unclerave, I agree at first glance that sentence doesn’t make sense. But a lot of people will encounter situations where someone they don’t like (a colleague or neighbour maybe) actually does something worthy of thanks. Our past relationship with that person may put a barrier up to ‘thanking’ them. To get past that barrier and thank anyway is the bit that can ‘change’ that relationship forever. We’ve all harboured resentment at one time or another – and that’s what that sentence was hoping to address. Hope that makes it a little clearer. Thanks for taking the time to question that. Stu :)

  13. I am thankful for so many things in a very rich life, but today, especially, I am thankful to my mother’s team of surgeons and medical caregivers, who have done such an amazing job with last Friday’s spinal fusion surgery that she was able to go home already last evening to recover for the final surgery in two weeks. What a miraculous gift!


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