Sorry isn’t the hardest word. It’s thanks.
An ex-coworker once told me I didn’t have to say “thank you” each time he took a plant from my hands. I told him it’s a habit; my parents raised me that way… I mean it when I said it, even if it’s said repeatedly.
If you can’t show gratitude by simply responding “thanks” when you ask for something, how much gratitude do you have in life?
Truth is, you have little. In my Mindfulness 101 class, I discuss a morning routine of practicing gratitude immediately when you awaken. Name 3 or more things you’re grateful for. But practicing gratitude means more than just waking and saying you’re grateful to be alive… it’s saying thank you in moments when you’ve asked for something and you get it. “Thank you” means respect. It means self-integrity.
Try expressing gratitude even when you think it isn’t necessary. Those around you will notice—and studies prove gratitude makes you a happier person.