I was driving on a narrow desert road when I came upon an accident. (nothing serious, no one hurt, thankfully) At the beginning of the traffic jam to pass the pile up there was a sheriff. I said thank you as I passed by. He smiled in return. There was a sheriff at the end of the traffic jam. I said thank you as I passed by. He smiled in return.
At that second thank you I realized that I might have been getting more from acknowledging his service than he was. I was gaining joy from it. I was giving, but I was getting more.
You’d think that with these two simple words, that you are giving more than you are getting. But it really works the opposite way. When you say thank you, you are giving yourself a connection. You are expanding yourself to others, and with that expansion, you open up to more joy.
And it was all so simple.
Just say thank you.