Do You Really Need To Say Thank You?

In this video, I talk about whether, in this age of transactional texting and email, saying thank you is an outdated gesture or an important value in relating to others. With the number of emails we all receive, are we better off leaving many unanswered – even things like compliments – or should we spend the time responding with a thank you?


  1. Peter makes an excellent point regarding the distance (perhaps unintentional) that technology creates, as more and more business is conducted electronically. Relationships are critically important, at least they are to me. Any reminder not to take them for granted is much appreciated…so thank you for that!

  2. Peter,

    I couldn’t agree with you more about the importance of saying “thank you”. These two simple words to me are one of the ways I let someone know how appreciative I am. To not acknowledge someone with a simple gesture and kindness is disrespectful.

  3. Bharath says:

    How do respond to a thank you email. I many times got a thank you mail, but not very sure what to reply. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Bharath,

      just sharing my experience.. I would reply something like this:

      Thank you for recognizing my efforts. It wouldn’t have been possible without your support and guidance.

  4. Angie says:


    I really enjoy reading your blogs and sharing with friends, but for 3 or 4 editions now I only get the link to just the video and not the script. I enjoy reading and making notes more than watching the video. Have you changed your format or this is an oversight.

  5. Tom says:

    Peter, first of all Happy Thanskgiving to you and your family.
    I really enjoy reading your articles and blogs. THANK YOU…
    Yes thank you is important it shows compasion in a time where folks are too busy or becoming less personal with all the texting and email .

  6. Ken Polotan says:

    Peter, good video. I absolutely agree with you: relationships are not transactional events. They need the time and energy from people in order to work.

    It’s interesting that in this time when we’re surrounded by all types of communication devices, we become lazy and fail to extend ourselves to others. The irony is that with all the potential connectivity we now possess – email, texting, tweeting – we are not truly connected to each other. Is technology to blame? My personal belief is that technology’s real purpose is to liberate us and provide us with options to manage our life and our business. In the end, technology as a tool should enable us to focus on building what’s truly important – a sense of community.

    Thanks for sharing, Peter.

  7. Cindy Wilson says:

    THANK YOU Peter!
    I would also like to add that there are times when email and texts are not the best way to say thanks or to offer praise. For the most important messages and where possible, a call or live meeting are the best way to help build relationships and have your message truly heard and felt.

  8. David F says:

    Really? Has it gotten to the point that we need a consultant to tell us how to be adults? What happened to common sense and the ability to think for ourselves?

  9. Christine Morris says:

    Hi Bharath,

    When I get a thank you email I respond with “You are welcome.”

    Peter thanks for reminding us of the importance of saying thank you.

    I find that even with children when they are young you teach them to say please and thank you and they do it. Once they get to a particular age they seem to forget and need reminding.

    Positive values and attitudes seems to always need reinforcing and not just with our children. It is the adults they learn from therefore adults need to set the right example.

  10. “Thank You” has been mentioned many times as the best prayer there is. The “Thank You” brings about a state of grace.

    When we give, it is important to do so without expectation of any response, yet the “Thank You” tells the Universe how truly grateful we are to have received. And, since we are all of the Creator, it is best to express our gratitude to those we receive from.

    Happy New Year to you all!

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