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My Favourite Word in the World: “Thanks!”

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My Favourite Word in the World: “Thanks!”

If you are looking for the Saturday Afternoon Book Club, click here. How do you know if somebody really means it when they say thank you? It’s rare that yours truly (that’s me, btw) would ever be speechless. And yet, if I'm honest, I can say it's happened to me a few times. [caption id="attachment_10731" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="It’s simple, but it means a lot – sometimes. (photo, courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)"] [/caption] When? When I’ve been at my most vulnerable and someone was there for me: my mom coming over in a taxi when I was really sick, my boss at work giving me time off when I needed it, my friends talking to me at all hours when I was going through a dark time. And all I could say was thank you. Here, my top 5 favourite thank-yous. Oh, Sally, you’re too cute! I have seen this clip of Sally Field getting an Oscar for Places in the Heart soooooo many times – this girl is overwhelmed with emotion, and she is speaking straight from the heart. When she yells "You like me! Right now, you really like me!” you know she's someone who is just so grateful for the recognition. You know a PR company didn't write this for them This week, I received a press release telling me that Brite Futures (band) was breaking up. Here's one of their songs that I really like. [HTML1] And here’s what they posted on their Facebook page. “Our most cherished memories come from being around the people we grew to love...everyone we’d see singing and dancing like crazy at our shows...every sweaty kid who talked to us at the merch booth after the show, everyone from every corner of the globe who we got to know online, and all the extremely talented and generous people who became part of the NPSH/BF team, helping us make some of our wildest dreams a reality... “So to everyone who’s taken the time to listen to our music, watch our videos, write about us, perform with or work with us, thank-you for letting us be a part of your lives in some small way. It's been such an amazing privilege and a pleasure, it means so much to us.” From the future Ultra-Lord of the Universe It's a thank-you letter a kid wrote to someone who spoke to his class. He obviously wants to do something very special for this man, so he tells him that when he becomes the lord of the universe, he will let Mr. Ramon live in his 200-storey castle, where unicorn servants will feed him doughnuts off their horns. Really? A commercial thank-you? I know it sounds ridiculous, but this lovely P&G video is a tribute to honour and showcase the amazing moms behind the Olympic athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It made me cry. And they’ve set up a Facebook page so you can post a thank-you to your mom. I know this one’s for real This is the email I got from my friend Cheryl this morning. It's a thank-you to me and two other friends for taking her out for her birthday. We’ve been friends for a long time, and one thing about people you know for a long time is that you know when they're being sincere. “Thank you my friends for a lovely evening. I feel spoiled and special!” It was our pleasure, of course, to treat her. It was a simple acknowledgement of how we made her day. I used to think thank-you was just a word. But now I realize it’s possibly one of the most powerful things you can say to someone. Because if you mean it, it comes from a very deep place, the part of us that is truly grateful for other people rocking our own personal worlds in the universe. And when worlds collide, it’s pretty nice to have a safety net, where we can count on others to love and support us in our everyday lives. Your turn. Anybody you want to send a thank-you to out there? 
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