One of the best lessons I learned a former boss was to measure whether a "thank you" was really an "I'm grateful."
Think about it... we say "Thanks!" all the time. It begins to feel (and sound) the same when we say it, no matter the occasion and the amount of sincerity we imply.
That's why I often say, "I'm grateful." It catches people's attention. It makes them think about what they did for me and the impact it had. Most importantly, they feel more acknowledged and appreciated, which often translates into increased trust and engagement.
So the next time you want to say, "Thanks," why not pause and consider if an expression of gratitude might be in order. Believe me, saying it not only feels better, but the person you're speaking to will feel better to!
So, who can you acknowledge today with gratitude?