Too busy to say thanks!

More and more people are just too busy to say thank you.

By Yasmin Turner
June 27, 2014, 1:47 pm
Too busy to say thanks!

More and more people are just too busy to say thank you.

British people are more likely to say thank you to a stranger than their own friends and family, work colleagues or siblings.

Research released by Philips revealed that 1 in 10 Brits claim they simply 'don't have time' to mind their Ps and Qs.

The survey also revealed that two fifths (39%) admit they forget to say thank you to loved ones for everyday tasks and, despite the average Brit claiming to say thank you 6.9 times a day, appreciation of our gratitude is more likely to extend to a stranger who opens a door for us (60%) than to a friend who picks the kids up from school (25%) or cooks them a meal (20%).

Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness commented on the findings; "Too often we take our loved ones and friends for granted, or we assume they know how much we appreciate them.

“But we should never underestimate the power of a simple thank-you - or how great it feels when we go out of our way to remind someone that we really appreciate them.

Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest difference. For example, research has shown that when people are asked to write and give a thank you letter to someone they're really grateful to, it gives them a huge happiness boost and significantly reduces their likelihood of feeling anxious or depressed over the next two weeks.

“Deep down we all want to feel loved and appreciated. Saying thank you is one of the simplest and most important ways of showing people that we care and helping them feel valued".

However, two thirds recognised the need to say more thanks for the everyday things, with parents topping the poll of people who deserve the most thanks (80%), closely followed by: Grandparents (21%), Friends (15%), Retail staff (15%) and Waiters or waitresses (10%).

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