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January 11th is International Thank You Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then you should give thanks to all today because it's International Thank You Day!  We all can be a little ungrateful at times so it doesn't hurt to spend at least one day giving thanks even for the little things.  Let's get right into celebrating International Thank You Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

You shouldn't really have to ask why you should say thank you to people today, or any day but Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith thought it would be a great idea to set up days where we can give thanks for all we have and receive. International Thank You Day got its start in 1994 and there are actually multiple thank you days; January 11th to January 18th.  Some people don't realize that you're actually grateful for things that you do for them and it might actually keep them from doing something similar for you in the future.  When someone does something for you, even something as small as letting you go first in line, they choose to do it out of the niceness of their heart, not because they have to. And by saying two simple words, "thank you", you acknowledge that you appreciate their kindness.  I don't know why, but hearing thank you when you do something for someone else makes you feel good. It's almost like a priceless payment for what you did and it makes you want to continue doing good things for others.  Gratitude is contagious and you could start the spread of a chain of good deeds in your city just because you said thank you to one person. It might sound odd, but try it sometime and see if you can't create an atmosphere of happiness wherever you go today.

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, it's pretty simple... just give thanks for all things today; let people know that you're grateful for what they do for you.  If someone let you go first when you're stopped at a stop sign, give them the "nod and a wave" that signifies your thanks.  If someone compliments you, then say thank you.  If someone gave you a gift, then say thank you or send them a thank you card.  If someone delivers you food today, then don't forget to say thank you as you tip them.
 
If someone gives you a ride somewhere, then thank them even if you can't afford to pay for a little gas.  When you check out at a store, what does the cashier usually say to you? Probably something like, "thank you and have a nice day", right? Well why not thank them for providing you the quick service of checking you out? It doesn't hurt to tell them to have a nice day either ;).  When you stop to think about it, there are really TONS of chances for you to say thank you, each and every day. I'm willing to bet that you haven't had a day in your life where you didn't have the chance to say thank you for at least something.  So, for at least 24 hours, you should try your very best to not miss a single opportunity to show your gratitude with these two little words.  Thank you for reading and have a great day!





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