The Unexpected Thank-You

After an overnight field trip for our school, a fellow parent chaperone told me how great it was to see me work with the kids. She seemed both sincere and grateful.

I was in a great mood the rest of the day, and I’m sure everyone noticed.

The unexpected act of thanking someone is magical, an ignition of a positive vibe that spreads. Why is unprompted appreciation such a rarity?

After all, there’s almost never any downside. And givers can feel just as good as the receivers.