Saying "Thank You" More Often Could Boost Your Business
Kindness is contagious. It spreads. It’s viral. Simple daily acts of kindness and friendliness really do make a difference to people and those around them, at home and at work. They make people smile and we all like smiley faces.
Some CEOs recognise this and consciously build in being kind and doing good to others into their everyday working life. Take Dave Kerpen, speaker, author and CEO at Likeable Local and chairman at Likeable Media, for example. Kerpen writes and sends three or four thank you cards before he goes to work each morning.
Why Not Send an Email?
It’s the personal, handwritten touch that really makes the difference. Email is so commonplace that a digital thank you just doesn’t have the same impact as a written message. Another CEO sends handwritten birthday cards to all of his 6,000 employees. That’s 16 cards a day – quite a lot for a busy CEO, but he obviously thinks it’s worth it.
Conscious acts of giving and kindness are what count, be it a card, flowers, a box of chocolates or even some well-chosen, heartfelt words that show a person’s efforts are noticed and appreciated.
For both businesses and individuals, being kind to others is also being kind to yourself. Japanese researchers looking into what makes people happy identified a strong link between kindness and subjective happiness. They found that people who are kind to others and appreciative of them are more likely to be happy and have satisfying relationships, so it’s a win-win situation. Making the time to remember the good things in life, remembering what you have to be grateful for, and what to feel pleased about, is a good way to start the day. Kindness is contagious for the giver too.
Start the day with these positive thoughts, spread them around a bit and the feel good vibe might just last all day!
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