For you, it is important to say a simple thank you to a friend, a family member, or a colleague who has given you a reason to say it. January 11, 2023 is marked as the International Thank You Day.

Showing gratitude to someone who gave you a reason to say it is a pleasant gesture to extend a simple gratitude so that other people will also do the same thing to you when needed, and it goes back again and again and vice versa.

I have encountered numerous people who naturally or easily say such gratifying words because they might have been raised probably well or have been practicing such an attitude at home, school, or the workplace.

But there are also those whose pride and ego dominate their attitude, making it hard for them to say ‘Thank you’ because their superiority matters most.

I asked some readers how practicing gratitude matters to them.

“Thank you’s are the simplest words we can say every day but are always the most sincere remarks that can make you smile all the time. So thank you, friends!” said college professor Portia Marie Yvonny Cayayan.

Meanwhile, Klyza Maybelle Berlos, an entrepreneur, urged, “It is important to say thank you to our dear ones to let them know or feel that we appreciate whatever little things they’ve done for us.”

Rhea Kris Macabante, a UNO-R Law student, said, “Saying thank you to others works wonders. Two simple words can uplift one’s spirit, for it shows gratitude and appreciation. Big or small act, don’t forget to say thank you.”

Jared Mark Lagahit, a UNO-R law student, said, “Since it is a thank you day, I would like to thank my classmates for making my law school life easier and more enjoyable. Thanks to miss Lea Joy Jaro Hiponia for your hard work in organizing class activities during the U week, thanks to Carlo Marañon and Zahara Nica C. Ojoy for your hard work in the Barristers Club, where few have not known it, and also for your hard work during the university week. Thanks to Yves Dreyfus for the notes. Thanks to Klyza Maybelle and Toni Fowler for the gifts you have given me. Thanks to Rhea Kris Mejorada - Macabante and Keren Kezia Aldeguer Camalon for discussing what you have studied and to Portia Cayayan for your sacrifices in the barristers. Also, to Iya Villaluna for sharing your triggers, I mean your insights, information, and updates with me! And also to my classmates, thank you for all your efforts in the recitation so that others can be saved.”

Kirsty Mae Ilalto-Magno, a UNO-R Law student, said, “Saying Thank is the most common word to say but one of the sweetest words to others. Thank you, my classmates.”

Sam Barbas said, “Saying thank you is a symbol of reciprocating kindness in a simple way. It is a show of appreciation for how much we value a person’s efforts, no matter how significant. That’s why it is important.”

Engineer Joemarie Gochuico said, “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue but the parent of all the other virtues.”

Iya Villaluna, a government employee, said, “Thank you to Zahara Nica C. Ojoy for listening to my crazy girl stories and Carlo Marañon for staying silent.”

Yves Dreyfus said, “It is truly important to give thanks and praise to the Giver of All. It teaches us to be grateful for all the blessings and people in our lives. Make us happier with all things and, most especially, appreciate that things are enough. Thank you, Lord.”

Furthermore, thank you, everyone, for sharing your thoughts to CNC. May we continue to express our gratitude not just through words but also in our actions.*