The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
Albert Einstein

As small children, we often learn that it is polite to always say thank you. Some people go through their whole lives without knowing why we do this. I know that in the past seventeen years of my life I’ve said this phrase so many times that it started to lose its meaning. Don’t get me wrong, telling people thank you for small gestures can never be a bad idea. I cannot think of the last time that I had genuinely told someone Thank You, but I can think of many instances where I should have. As we grow older, we cannot forget those who helped us get to where we are now. Showing gratitude for others is a simple task that can leave an impact in every person’s life.

To me, saying thank you is an easy way to create a bond between yourself and another person whether it is to a teacher, friend, pastor, coach, or family member. To be thankful you need to acknowledge those who most deserve it. This acknowledgment can be easily done by talking to them face to face or sending a letter about how well they are doing. No matter how cynical you are, there is always something to be grateful for.

When you show your appreciation for others, they will respond with kindness. Kindness is something we need an abundance of in today's society. Giving thanks to others will make them want to return the kind gesture, and this can be seen in the way that they act towards you. Your kindness will make them want to return the favor. One of the other benefits of telling people that you are grateful is that it improves the other person’s self-esteem. Raising up others is one of the best qualities you could have as a leader. By raising another person’s self-esteem, you can find that your whole party will be more confident.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you should find time out of your day to recognize the special people in your life. A heartfelt thank you to a family member can reassure them and make them feel appreciated. Giving your FBLA adviser a thank you card can be the highlight of their week, and teachers truly deserve the appreciation. So, with this parting note I prompt you to share your gratitude. Thank you for reading.