January is National “Thank you” Month

Danke, grazie, merci, gracias, spasibo, thank you! No matter how you say thank you, say it this month. January is National Thank You Month; feel free to join RCBM in celebrating this month.

You may remember your parents always asking you “What do you say?” and your response was “Thank you.” Sometime as we get older or with the hustle and bustle of life, we forget to be polite and acknowledge people for the kind tasks that they do for us on a daily basis. Did you know that being thankful can actually make you feel better? When you have a pleasurable experience you are experiencing a dopamine rush, this is the feel-good chemical that is linked with pleasurable experiences. This chemical reinforces behaviors that make us feel good so that we will want to engage in that behavior again.

Ways that you can celebrate the month:

  • Start a gratitude journal and write one thing, or more, a day that you are thankful for.
  • Take turns at the dinner table in sharing who or what you are thankful for.
  • Write someone a thank you note, an email, or even a sticky note telling them you are thankful for them or something that they did for you.
  • Tell someone that you may have just met thank you for what they did. This may be the person bagging your groceries or the person at the gas station.
  • Do something nice for someone else.

Sometimes a simple “thank you” can turn someone’s day around.

Heather M. Beach, B.A.