The Power of Thank You

by Frank Roche on January 11, 2011

in Culture

I held the door behind me when I went through the door by the Market East subway this morning.

“Thank you,” said the woman coming though the door.

That made my day.

Politeness is so sadly missing in everyday actions. I don’t need to be thanked for holding a door — I learned to do that in First Grade at Immaculate Conception — but it’s nice. It makes me happy.

I was thinking about this as I walked Snickers the Wonder Dog this morning. I saw three different neighbors who were out picking up their newspapers and putting out trash cans. I said hello to each of them. And thought about how I rarely say a word to anyone once I’m in Philly.

I’m going to try it today. I’m going to say hello to 10 random people in Old City. Just hello.

All thanks to the lady who said “Thank you” in Market East. No, thank you.

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