How many times a day do you think to yourself, “Geez, she could’ve said thank you?”

Next question: How many times a day do you ask someone to thank you?

In this TED talk, Dr. Laura Trice ponders over the power of those two small words and shares an interesting, and perhaps unorthodox, take on the phrase: If you want to be praised or acknowledged for something, just ask.

Whether you agree or disagree with this philosophy, there’s something to be said about the concept. In the 24/7 culture prevalent in the workplace today, we often forget to share the love, spread the love, or even acknowledge there is a “thanks” to be had!

So thank you Dr. Trice for pointing this out, for saying aloud that it’s OK to make it known when we want to be appreciated. Because otherwise, we run the risk of never hearing it.


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