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From the November 1963 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When a child learns early in life to say, "Thank you," in response to some favor or courtesy, he establishes a practice that will be increasingly enriching to him throughout his experience. It will contribute more and more to the harmony and joy of each day's activities.

The more spontaneously "Thank you" is uttered, the more it will enhance one's graciousness. The individual who receives a genuine thank-you in response to some thoughtful word or act is more than a mere acquaintance. He is on the verge of being a friend.

Thankfulness is a sign of selflessness. Love impels the rendering of a service or the extending of a courtesy, and a warm acknowledgment of the service or the courtesy enlarges the area of love to include the receiver as well as the giver.