What to do when someone says “thank you”

Do you know how you respond to someone thanking you?  Do you smile and nod?  Do you thank them back?  Do you shrug it off and say “no problem”? Do you feel embarrassed? Do you feel their thanks was unnecessary?\r\n\r\nThank you\r\n\r\nI am not sure when I observed how I reacted to someone thanking me but let’s just say it was a while ago.  I realised that I wasn’t very good at accepting their thanks and decided I would have to change it.  I was trying to get my life working the way I want it to.  Cut out all the “crap” and love the good.  Sorting out my response to a thank you was a good place to start.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nI wanted to have a “better” react to appreciation and praise.\r\n\r\nI often help people out when I can. That could be chatting through work problems, family or friend problems, social media issues, branding or whatever it is that someone needs some help with.\r\n\r\nAs expected, people thank me for that help.  In response to those thank-yous, I had caught myself saying things like, “awk sure you would do the same for me” or “if the shoe was on the other foot you would do the same”.\r\n\r\nWhile this is true, I feel it doesn’t really acknowledge the appreciation and thanks that was given. In many ways, my responses were almost dismissive…even though that was far from the intention!\r\n\r\nNow, when I receive a word of thanks or praise, I pause for a moment and make sure my reply is more along the lines of “your’e welcome, glad to be able to help”.\r\n\r\nYou see, for someone to trust me enough to help them means a lot; and even though I know they would do the same for me, it’s important to acknowledge the fact that they trust me and value my input and support.\r\n

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.\r\nRalph Marston

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Stephen Brown is passionate about developing people and teams using a variety of activities as opportunities for learning. Stephen is dedicated to helping people overcome fears, challenge their comfort zones and grow as individuals. He has years of experience and skills delivering personal and social development courses for individuals and teams and is committed to helping people realise that they can live a happy life.

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