We all know the importance of saying thank you. We say it all the time to strangers, to people to open doors for us, to people who let us go first, or to people who tell us when we’ve dropped something from our pocket. But sometimes we can forget to say it to those who are most important to us.
For example, we don’t say it often to our parents or our spouses or siblings. Some of us live in a culture where saying thank you is looked down upon. Saying thank you is not encouraged because it’s seen as a way that the other person could get proud, if you tell them you appreciate them. And while this is a cultural norm, it’s definitely not a religious one.
We should say thank you to others, especially to people we’re close to or the people we love so they know we appreciate them. We show our gratitude to Allah when He bestows His favours on us, and showing gratitude to His creatures doesn’t diminish the gratitude we have towards Him. It’s another way to express our appreciation to Him, because we all belong to Allah.
Some of us might get stuck in the mindset that the other person has to do what they do for us anyway, or they’ll do it whether we say thank you or not, so what’s the point of saying it? For example, if your mom cooks dinner for you every night or if your wife always does your laundry, you might think they she’ll do it anyways. What’s the point in saying thank you?
And while that might be true, showing someone you appreciate them and what they do can do wonders for your relationships and make them stronger. It shows the other person that you care about them and that you don’t take them for granted. It’s a way to show love and care and kindness. It’s not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
So try saying thank you a little more often. Show those you love that you appreciate them and all that they do. It could be for the smallest things. It doesn’t have to come with chocolate or flowers. It’s just two words, but it could mean the world to the other person.