I seem to remember that when I was growing up, being taught manners and common courtesy was pretty normal. Please and thank you were just easy and polite ways to interact with people every day. I’m sure I rebelled. A favorite phrase today would probably be “whatever” accompanied with a rolling of eyes.
Please and thank you are the easiest way to get people to notice you. They might not ever say anything, but people respect polite behavior.. You can expect to get more help or appreciation when you always thank someone. Some might say ‘Well, it’s their job to do that!” That may be true, but everyone likes being appreciated for what they do, no matter how big or small the task. In the beginning, you might be the only one saying please or thank you. After a while, you will begin to see others pick it up, or at least respond when you say thank you. It makes the workplace much more pleasant.
Did someone hold open a door for you today? or bring you a cup of coffee? or tell you how nice you looked? Say thank you and smile. Did your spouse or child do something unasked? What a gift! Say thank you! Did the person in the drive-thru say “Have a nice day”? Say thank you. Did someone pick up something you dropped? Say thank you. Soon it will be second nature to you to be pleasant and kind to others. Common courtesy goes a long way. You’ll be amazed at how much more enjoyable your everyday life will become. Give it a try.