Tuesday, May 7, 2019


When Mark Twain was at the peak of his writing career, his magazine articles were reported to sell for $5 a word, a great sum of money in those days. One enterprising Harvard graduate student sent Mark Twain this letter: “Dear Mr. Twain: enclosed find $5. Please send me your best word.”

A few days later, the student received a telegram with this single-word response: “Thanks!”

“Thanks” may be the most valuable word in any language. Nothing builds friendship quicker. A person’s grateful response to a loving God is the basis of vital religion.

“Thanks” is the oil of interpersonal relations. You can hardly say it too often. “Thanks for preparing that wonderful meal.” “Thanks for assisting me with that project.” “Thanks for being such a wonderful daughter.” “Thanks for listening.”

You get the idea. Now spread it around.