December 30, 2014

The philosophy behind a ‘thank you’

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A good manager knows that a ‘thank you’ said at the right time can be worth more than any other incentive in terms of productivity. But a pinch of good manners and kindness can also go a long way in other situations that have nothing to do with life in the workplace. Some researchers, for example, have been studying how in everyday life when we focus more on who and what we need to thank for what we are, we end up sleeping better. In addition, those of you romantically involved should be aware of the fact that it really does take little to notice a nice gesture and reply with a ‘thank you’. And when you do, it will lighten up even the darkest day.

Small things indeed: gestures only apparently insignificant that can have a huge impact on an economic level too. As I mentioned before, the ‘power of a thank you’ and its importance in the workplace have been recently analysed in depth and the out-coming of the research published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has demonstrated how a more cordial approach could work wonders on production levels.

Last but not least, a study carried out by essayist and positive psychology founder Martin Seligman explains how saying ‘thank you’ helps us maintaining our happiness levels high. That’s why I’d like to deeply thank each and every one of you. Thank you for following my blog for the past 12 months and I wish you and your dear ones a fine 2015. Happy New Year!

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