With more people expressing thanks and showing gratitude to others as a result of the pandemic, a new study reveals how frequently the average adult says thank you.
A survey of 2,013 UK adults, carried out by One4all Gift Cards, reveals that saying thank you is the most popular way for Brits to show their appreciation to others (68%), with the average person saying these words 14 times per day, totalling 5,110 times over a year.
Identifying the impact that these words have on those who hear it, half of Brits say that hearing the words thank you makes them feel appreciated, 1 in 3 say they feel happy, while 29% are grateful to those who have said it.
For 29% of respondents, they feel thankful when someone shows their appreciation towards them, while 23% said they have feelings of gratitude, showing the positive impact that these two little words can have.
Other popular ways that Brits show their appreciation include giving a compliment (33%), giving someone a hug, as long as social distancing allows it (23%), or treating them to a gift (17%).
The research further revealed who Brits are most thankful for as a result of the current pandemic, as NHS emergency staff (52%), nurses (47%) and supermarket workers (41%) appear top of the list.
More than 1 in 3 (37%) said that they were most grateful for doctors, while delivery staff (33%) completed the top five list.
The current pandemic may have even changed Brits attitudes for the better, as 32% say they now understand that showing their appreciation to someone can have a big impact, while 29% are more thankful for what other people do.
Aoife Davey, group marketing director at One4all Gift Cards, said: “No matter how you show your appreciation to someone, whether that be saying thank you, giving someone a hug or buying them a gift, it’s clear that this will have a really positive impact on those receiving the thanks.
“As a nation, we are now much more understanding about the power of thanking someone, especially to the key workers who have been working tirelessly through the pandemic and have been doing a remarkable job. The effects of this will hopefully be long lasting, and people across the UK will understand the positive effects of showing your appreciation to someone, no matter how simple the gesture.”
Dr Audrey Tang, Chartered Pyschologist, author and TV presenter, said: "In an increasingly fast paced world, a thoughtful "thank you" is an acknowledgement - a validation - that you have touched the life of another person in some way. It says that you are not only relevant, but that you have been recognised. How wonderful to take a moment to pause in the warmth of a meaningful connection."