When you do or say something kind, do you hear the words or get a note to say, "thank you"? If so, does it make you feel good? Probably! A new research study found that people really like to get expressions of gratitude. The study also found that people who send the "thank you" messages tend to think it's not that big a deal.
But it turns out saying "thank you" is a big deal. The research was about saying thanks for doing something that affected the writer in some way. The recipients were really happy to get the letters. They didn't even care if the note was well-written. So if you would like to make your friends and family happy: Send them a message to say that you appreciate what they've done for you - whether it's a gift they've given you or help of some kind. Turns out saying "thank you" is an excellent way to have a positive effect that doesn't take much effort at all.