Have you made a Facebook “Say Thanks” video for one of your friends yet? After checking out the new experience, which allows you to share a photo slide show of you and a Facebook friend with a few quick clicks, I got to thinking about the power derived from the simple act of saying thank you.
In Facebook’s case, you can act on such a sentiment by choosing its video creation tool that was surely inspired by their “Look Back” videos we all loved so much earlier this year. Just in time for Thanksgiving, this Facebook feature allows you to similarly create a custom visual “thank you” for Facebook friends of your choice. The process is quick and easy, and it delivers a dynamic digital collage of some of your confidante’s most meaningful moments. The one I made for my BFF contains highlights of our obstacle race adventures (of course!), fun nights out, even a #ThrowBackThursday photo from my Sweet Sixteen many, many moons ago!
I love it because I’m a firm believer in the gift of gratitude, specifically as it commands my day-to-day workflow. You see, I’ve tried to make those two simple words, “thank you” (that take two seconds to type, FYI), one of the constants in all of my career correspondence.
As my writers, co-workers, and colleagues can attest, you’d be hard pressed to find an email from me that doesn’t contain a “thank you.” Heck, I even try to add it to the comments section after approving and closing out a task in JIRA’s project management interface (an extra step that takes more than two seconds, btw!)
I’m a stickler for sending forth thanks because I really believe that in order to maintain mutual respect, one must not only earn it, but bestow it as well. Even when it’s not always so easy to bestow…
- Missed your deadline and I’m emailing you to follow up for the third or fourth time? You’ll still find a thank you somewhere in there.
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bothering mesending me a message about an “amazing new infographic just perfect for your site… can you feature it on your blog?” after I’ve replied with a no? Yep, he’ll get a “Thank you, but no thank you!” (Again.)
- Paper-pushing colleague who is (as always) moving a task from her queue into mine, even though it’s out of my realm? “Thank you for thinking of me, but perhaps we can find a way to do this collaboratively.”
- Hard-to-please client changing his mind about a project we already discussed in detail and negotiated accordingly? It may be through the skin of my teeth as I’m typing, but yes, that’s a “Thank you for your feedback, but can we try to revisit the focus we initially agreed upon to get to next steps?” you’ll see if you opened the email reply I sent.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that regardless of how unwarranted, a “thank you” has not only helped me to maintain my professionalism, it’s also served to soothe me when situations have gotten my stress levels simmering. I’ve also found that oftentimes, by going out of your way to tell or send someone a sentiment of thanks, they remember it and will work hard to get it again in the future. I know I do!
I’m convinced that gratitude is good for the soul, whether you’re the giver or the receiver, which is why I’d like to say thank you to Facebook’s Say Thanks experience for bringing the concept to the forefront.
Have fun with it on Facebook, then try to implement those two simple words moving forward during your work day and see where it takes you.