People often joke around and say that Canadians are really polite (most I suppose :)). They say SORRY all the time, even when it’s not entirely their fault. It’s true we do it all the time. Often automatically, without even noticing it. If I bump into someone accidentally at the mall, I will reflexively say “SORRY”. Why? Because that’s what I have always been taught to do. It’s an unwritten rule.
Living in Canadian culture meant that you should be courteous as much as possible with your neighbors. It’s a way for us to defuse any potential conflict. When I say sorry, I:
- let the other party know I’m not upset
- indicate I’m not injured
- suggest we both move on
We could also be genuinely sorry and we are taking responsibility, since our actions hurt others and all of this could have been avoided. I totally understand it — Who wants DRAMA?
Saying “THANK YOU” is also a sentence Canadians often say. I say it because I genuinely appreciate when someone is taking their time to help me, even when it is their job.
WHY SHOULD YOU SAY THANK YOU?
Of course, there is a time and context when you say Thank you. Otherwise, it would just sound insincere. WHY should you say it?
It shows how much you appreciate their gesture, time, etc. Gratitude goes a long way.
Saying thank you can brighten someone’s day and motivate them in their life or job.
I remember I used to love my job at the bank because people would often thank me for helping them with a tough situation. I would instantaneously feel great and smile the whole day.
It helps to improve relationships.
When you say thank you, people usually will have positive views of you. Those two little words can have a huge meaning. It’s a form of acknowledgement that others’ presence/work is valued.
It is simply polite!
The reason I posted this is because I recently had some experience with someone that did not show their appreciation. My husband and I did something for this couple (that we didn’t have to by the way) and a simple thank you would have been nice. I haven’t heard from them in a week.
I am also in the process of sending out “Thank you” photo cards to my relatives in Canada and Australia. I think it is important to take your time too appreciate the people in your life, especially if they helped you in some small/big way.
Maybe it's just the Canadian girl in me?