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Scots say thank you 5110 times a year

By Kirsty Brown

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A survey of 2,013 UK adults, carried out by One4all Gift Cards , reveals that saying thank you is the most popular way for Scots to show their appreciation to others, with the average person saying these words 14 times per day or 5,110 times over a year.

Identifying the impact that these words have on those who hear it, more than half of Scottish residents say that hearing the words thank you makes them feel appreciated, 36 percent say they feel happy, while 31 percent feel grateful to those who have said it.

For 29 percent of respondents, they feel grateful when someone shows their appreciation towards them, while a quarter said they have feelings of gratitude, showing the positive impact that these two little words can have.

Other popular ways that people from Scotland show their appreciation include giving a compliment (36 percent), surprising them with something they know they will like (28 percent), or giving someone a hug (24 percent).

The research further revealed who Scots are most thankful for as a result of the current pandemic, as nurses (51 percent), NHS emergency staff (49 percent) and supermarket workers (45 percent) appear top of the list.

Nearly half (44 percent) said that they were most grateful for delivery staff, while doctors (41 percent) completed the top five list.

The current pandemic may have even changed Scottish residents attitudes for the better, as 34 percent say they now understand that showing their appreciation to someone can have a big impact, while 32 percent are more aware that saying thank you can improve someone’s mood.

Group marketing director at One4all Gift Cards Aoife Davey 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.”

Pyschologist Dr Audrey Tang 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."

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