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On the face of it, thank you seems like such a simple expression – in reality those two little words combine to make one of the most effective and purposeful phrases in the English language. I’ve always thought that saying thank you can open the doors of opportunity, develop relationships and make both donor and recipient feel good.

I don’t pretend to be perfect, or ‘holier than thou’ but I do try to say thank you when someone helps me or treats me nicely. I believe that the little daily kindnesses those around us do all deserve to be recognised with a thank you. Consider the man who held a door open for you today, offered advice or a recommendation or greeted you with a cheery smile and packed your groceries for you in the supermarket. I love to pay it forward and I always try to say Critter control thank you for others for those kindnesses. The thank you habit was drilled into me by my parents and it is one habit that I am proud to be passing on to the next generation also. I know I’m not the only person who’s offended when people around me forget this simple courtesy.

Needless to say, there are many methods of expressing gratitude. But we could also show our appreciation through our activities – lending a hand or assisting others is equally appreciated. Time appears to be such a scarce commodity for so many people these days – no one seems to have enough of it! So what could be nicer than to provide a little bit of your time. In my experience, it will become a very reciprocal arrangement – a virtual circle of appreciation which makes everyone feel good and valued.

I am thankful for all my blessings, the most important of which are my family and friends, my religion, my community and my health. They are my stones. They are always there for me whenever I need them. I know I can trust them implicitly, and whenever I need their support, they’ll be right there to assist me without question or judgement. Collectively, they’ve shaped me into the person I am today! I thank God for blessing me with such a superb family. A thank you can make somebody’s day, forgetting one leaves an impression too. Which impression do you want to leave behind?

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