“Thanks!” or “Thank you!” -- which do you say? The phrases are used interchangeably in our culture, but I think there is a distinction. “Thanks” is usually expressed in an informal situation, to a close friend, or an incidental happening. “Thanks for holding the elevator door.” Or maybe you use “thanks” when writing a note to a friend.
“Thank you” is used to show respect and acceptance to someone. It’s more polite or formal. By adding the simple word “you,” the expression suddenly becomes more personal. It conveys genuine thankfulness to the person.
In today’s world, we are in such a hurry with our words, that we forget the meaning of them. Let’s be thankful to one another with our words. If you are thankful for someone, tell them. Express your feelings through your words. Paul in his writing to the Thessalonians said: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
The next time someone does something nice for you, make eye contact and say “Thank you.” You might be surprised at their reaction to your personal expression of thankfulness.
By Dennis LeFleur (my Daddy!)