What's the Magic Word?
My mom frequently managed to introduce important life concepts with memorable phrases, and one I heard pretty often growing up was, "What's the Magic Word?" This was my cue to say one of two things: "Please." or "Thank you."
Even as a child, I could see that these had a positive effect all around. But as the years roll on, I've become more aware of just how magical these words can be. "Please" can soften so many interactions where, even if I'm just asking someone to do something that's part of their job, it can give the person hearing this a pleasurable feeling of helping, of giving, of delivering something beyond the same old everyday stuff.
And "Thank You!" Well, here's where the real magic exists. It says, "Yes, I have received YOU (as well as whatever the service or item is). It can give the thanker the extreme pleasure of receiving something, in effect, twice. This was so after my recent birthday. As I sat down to write Thank You cards, I thought about seeing family and friends celebrating with me, re-living the talk and laughter, the loveliest off-key singing, the glow of love and friendship on their faces.
As I wrote each card, I reflected on the gift of years of relationship and love with this person, the thought that went into their gift, their anticipation of my happiness on opening it. Each time, my heart was full, and each time, I strove to put some of that feeling into my Thank You.
The magic of Thank You is that, each time we say this or write it, we experience the gift again, and we have the opportunity to convey how much that means to us.
Have you said a Magic Word lately? Find someone to thank today. You'll be amazed at how many opportunities there are every single day. And at just how good it makes everyone feel, including you!