The Value of "Thank You"

Posted: December 16, 2011

fresh peasOne of the very first lessons I learned from my parents was the importance and value of saying, "Thank you."

"Thank you," I'd turn around and yell to my bus driver who dropped me off at the front entrance of school.

"Thank you," I'd say to my friend who shared his orange crayon with me during art class.

"Thank you," I'd murmur, even as the cafeteria lady loaded my lunch tray up with a mushy scoop of peas.

Studies by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published on PsyBlog demonstrate the power of these two words. According to one study, a person that has helped out another is more than twice as likely to help out again in the future if thanked. "The act of saying thank you reassures the helper that their help is valued and motivates them to provide more," the study confirms.

As a family-owned small business, PermaTrak continues to cherish these two words in the workplace. After every lunch-and-learn presentation, we send a thank-you card to those who spent some time with us over the lunch hour. We know that the people considering PermaTrak for their projects are stepping out of the box and looking at a non-traditional boardwalk material. We are not timber or Ipe. PermaTrak offers a unique approach through professionally engineered precast concrete products as a way to improve upon and outlast these standard boardwalks.

In the midst of this holiday season, I thought it would be appropriate to take a step back and thank all of you.

Thank you for checking out our site, for giving me a pity laugh when I try and say something clever on Twitter, for striving to learn more about an alternative to traditional boardwalk materials and for considering PermaTrak for your boardwalk designs. We sincerely appreciate all of you, and look forward to working with you in the future.

-Stephen Beach

Photo provided by Roboppy.