Sunday Question – Have You Thanked Anyone Recently?

Back in 2008, on my business blog, I wrote a post called Mitch’s List. It was an idea that came from a long time online friend of mine named Dean, and I thought it was a great idea.

That idea was to thank everyone who’d help to make the previous year or other years successful and fun. In that post, I also linked to as many people as I could to thank them for however they helped me, and that included friends as well. Of course, if they didn’t have anything for me to link to then I just mentioned them by name and moved on. I also let all of them know that I’d mentioned them in the blog post by email.

That felt good, but it also was one of the longest and most complicated posts I’d ever written. However, I realized that there were a lot of people I probably never really said “thank you” to that deserved it. I tend to be someone who says it a lot when someone is in front of me, but if not then I just forget; I talked about that memory thing last weekend.

Of course, as usual I’m writing this a few days beforehand, so I can’t tell you who I thanked on Saturday. But I can tell you that on Wednesday, when I didn’t see a lot of people, I thanked the guy who rang up my purchases at the grocery store; I thanked a friend of mine for visiting and for letting me talk about some things; I thanked my wife for bringing me home chili from work; and I thanked a lot of people for commenting on the blog.

I like to think I’m a fairly thankful guy, for the heathen that I am. lol And this being Thanksgiving week, I’m thankful that I get to go visit my mother and grandmother with my wife, and have a few nice meals there as well. I guess that’s what it’s all about.

I’m thankful to anyone who reads this post and comments on it as well. Have you thanked anyone lately?

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20 comments on “Sunday Question – Have You Thanked Anyone Recently?

  • Allan Douglas says:

    All the time Mitch. I know a lot of people who don’t and I do not understand why. It’s such a little thing to thank people for little kindnesses or for doing their job well when it involves you. Like you say, it takes a little more effort and thought to properly thank someone for a favor done or gift given when you are not immediately present. But it’s still worthwhile.

    One quick example; I was teaching a class earlier this morning. It involved having each student read a portion of the text and I lead a discussion of each. I’m in the habit of thanking each student when they’ve finished reading. I think nothing of it. But one commented this morning that she’s never had a teacher thank her for reading. She thought that was sweet.

    Sweet huh… well Ok. At least it made an impression on her.

    • That’s the way to improve communications and make people feel good, Allan. Remember that Citibank commercial from a few years ago?

  • What a timely topic!

    Just today, I’ve been thanking my guardian angel constantly…I really do have a tremendously blessed life with my husband, kids, mooses, friends and the like.

    Thanking people is such a small thing to do…but it makes such a tremendous difference!

  • Hi Mitch

    Beautiful post as it reminds me to be thankful for all the blessings in my life. And appreciate those who are in my life.

    Yes I do thank people all the time. On my blog and offline too. Too late when people not around. Better to appreciate them while they are here. Then no regrets.

    Being kind and thoughtful to others takes less effort than being thoughtless and not kind wouldn’t you say??!!

    Interesting side note to this. When I did a post on where my blog is at I thanked some of you for being there on my journey. Didn’t know if many people would even read it except those I thanked. Well, to my surprise it has been the most visited and most commented on post I have written.

    So just goes to show me that not only do people like to be thanked and affirmed; others like reading about it 🙂

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Thanking people always brings way more benefit than people think of at the time. Thanks for your comment Pat! 🙂

  • I guess I have to thanks to my family which have teach me of the basics and good manner in society. I am not afraid to say thank you and be sentimental or romantic. I prefer to be nice with everybody, even with people that are doing bad to me.

  • Thanking someone is definitely one of the things we should not be tired of. If we will just remember how we felt when we received a genuine thanks, then we will do it more often. So, thanks, Mitch, for making me feel immediately welcomed into the community. You are one of those bloggers that did that to me, which is why I keep on coming back.

    Cheers,
    – Wes –

  • The truth is that i want to give thanks..but never get to do so. I suppose it helps to celebrate Thanksgiving :), i’ll have to wait until Christmas.

    • Mia, the act of just saying thank you is easy; just say it to the next person who does something nice for you and you’re covered. 🙂

  • Jessica Sieghart says:

    What a great idea!!! I think I may run with it for a post. I think it’s a great way not only to acknowledge, but to spread a little link love, as well.

    • Jessica, if I helped inspire a post from you, then I’m going to smile all day long! Have a good time with it.

  • Gratitude is a strange emotion. At first it doesn’t even seem as though it qualifies as an emotion — more of a way of thinking. But I know that when I’m thinking grateful thoughts, it feels good, and it affects everything I do that day. For some reason, though, many of us have to be reminded about gratitude, I guess because it’s so easy to get caught up in all the problems and other negative stuff. So thank you, Mitch, for all of your great thoughts and suggestions — and for this reminder, as well.

    • Thank you, Charles, for sharing your thoughts on this topic. You’re right, it does feel good, and there’s nothing saying that if one is gracious because it makes them feel good that it’s not a good thing, right?

  • I am grateful to my mom and I want to thank her everyday because she was such a good mom.

    I think I should say thank you more often, but I guess it’s the fact the saying to often dilutes it’s meaning and I prefer to say it rarely but with a strong feeling of really being grateful.

    Happy Thanksgiving Day, in advance in case you wont have a new post till then!

    • Thanks Alex; of course, I’ve already written all of this week’s posts, so it’s all good. 🙂 As to the rest, I think it dilutes it if you say it every other sentence to the same person, but saying it to strangers, so to speak, can never get old. Of course, now I have way more people calling me “sir”; not sure how I feel about it, but I’m living with it.

  • access repair says:

    Sometime some people request you not to say such words as “Sorry and Thanks” but so far as i think thanks and sorry are really those words that after thanking you don’t feel like no obligations feeling. Well I want really thank to all my loving gems for being in my life.

    • Laren, I always thank people even if they say not to. “Sorry” is another matter, but I still feel ifyou really are then you have to say it anyway.

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