A friend once followed me to my tailor’s shop to pick up my dress.

I really loved the dress, and I kept saying, “Thank you; oh, I love this; thank you.” My friend asked me on the way home, “Why were you saying, “Thank you, thank you?” Didn’t you pay her for the services?

Saying “thank you” has nothing to do with whether a service is paid for or free; it’s just a simple courtesy that says a lot about our personalities. You may as well have the money, and it will be useless. Your tailor may also fall behind in her duties and create a poor-quality dress for you, ruining your high expectations for that event and frustrating you.

Normalize saying “thank you” for every good gesture received, whether paid for or not.

Normalize saying “thank you” to your children when they run errands for you; normalize saying “thank you” to your spouses for even the simplest things; normalize saying “thank you” to your domestic workers, vendors, colleagues, neighbors, the cab driver, etc. Never see anything as your right, but rather see it as a privilege.

One of the things I am proud of today as a mother is that I have intentionally trained my children to say “thank you” for everything we do for them.

As much as it’s our duty—it’s not a right, it’s a privilege—a lot of parents are out there enjoying life to the detriment of their children’s wellbeing.

Never be entitled to anything in this life.
Normalize saying “thank you.”

And it actually costs nothing to say “thank you” if you consume any insightful posts on social media, you know.

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