We can say “thank you” so thoughtlessly that people are almost sorry we spoke to them.

I did this with my first assistant: writing “thanks” at the bottom of every request I made of her. Then I overheard her saying, “Lynne thanks me for everything. It’s become such a meaningless gesture!”

That’s when I realized this had become more about me being a good person than recognizing this woman’s efforts.

Let’s make our gratitude mean something!

When is the last time you said you appreciated someone — and that person believed you meant it, and felt special

Start using the “power thank you.” Stop wasting your thanks by turning them into a polite transaction rather than a genuine expression of gratitude.

You’ll make everyone feel better!