Do you have an Alexa or Google Assistant at home? When you ask it a question, do you say please and thank you?
A friend commented when I called out, “Alexa, what’s the temperature outside, please?” My friend was like, “Why do you use please?” My response — “Why wouldn’t you?”
One of the greatest problems society is facing these days is a lack of empathy and kindness. Further, rudeness has been all-too acceptable. The simplicity of expressing gratitude, even to a machine, will come back to you threefold at the least.
It costs you nothing at all to say please and thank you. In fact, these phrases are super-powerful tools for building positivity. Yet we frequently just ignore how important these words are, not just for those we say them to, but for ourselves.
Nobody wants to be taken for granted. You don’t want people to be rude and ignore you. So why wouldn’t you be an example, and use these things yourself? If you want to hear people say please and thank you to you, do you say them to people?
This takes little to no effort, and yet it is so much more powerful than many realize. Please and Thank you can be a bright spot in somebody’s already lousy day.
Take service industry people like cashiers and wait staff. They are constantly faced with negativity, anger, and misdirected abuse because a thing someone bought broke and they want money back, or food was improperly prepared in the kitchens. Saying please and thank you to these people, and treating them with kindness and empathy in no way lessens your existence.
Further, if you are the displeased party, how would you want to be treated?
Please and thank you matter
These words are not insignificant. They can make the difference between good and bad experiences for people, including you.
Gratitude is so much more powerful than most people realize. When you show gratitude for things, great or small, it opens a channel for more. Gratitude is always a positive force, and the world can always use more positivity.
Nobody that I know of desires to feel bad, low, unwanted, unimportant, shunned, unappreciated, or lonely. When you say thank you to a stranger for holding a door, giving you change, stepping out of your way, or whatever, you could create quite a ripple effect.
Knowing how hearing thank you makes you feel, can you imagine what it might do for someone else? In especial if they are having a terrible day?
This is why saying please and thank, even to an AI, isn’t a bad idea. It is a habit that is always good to uphold.
Habits are formed when we do something repeatedly. We often focus on bad habits, but good habits are equally, if not more, important.
Making a habit of saying please and thank you can be so very powerful. It can change how you approach just about everything.
The world could use more avenues of kindness and empathy. Saying please and thank you and feeling gratitude for things, no matter what the source, is a positive force of nature. If you go online or even glance at social media, you can surely see where we need much more good in the world.
Three simple words. Even in the case of an inanimate object, why wouldn’t you say please and thank you? Don’t deny yourself or anyone else the empowerment.