“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ~G.B. Stern

When expressing your gratitude with the words, be timely, in other words be quick to say it.

Waiting too long to say thank you could result in those you lead having harsh feelings. People like to be recognized in the moment, not as an afterthought. Remembering to say thank you is just as important as expressing it. You can’t say it unless you think it, and if you think it, you better say it, and the sooner you say it the better.

Thank yous are great, but why you are thankful is even more important! Don’t just say thank you but explain why. For example, “Teacher, thank you for helping me understand the math problem today. I think I’ve got it now”.

Think about the last time someone was genuinely grateful for something you did? How did it make you feel? How did you know they were genuine?


If you don’t feel it, then don’t reveal it. Gratefulness must come from the heart and your body language and face should reflect it.