Be Polite — It Pays
“Say thank you.”
That phrase is one of the first things many parents teach their child to say. Have you ever thought about why that is?
Of course, saying thank you is the polite thing to do whenever someone gives you something, says something nice about you, or helps you in some way. It’s common courtesy.
But saying thank you goes beyond just common courtesy. If you do it right, it can be a real expression of gratitude.
And as a side benefit, it can improve your finances.
Politeness pays, because people are more likely to treat you well if you treat them well to begin with.
For example, if you have a problem with a product or service, be friendly and polite when explaining the problem. Generally speaking, people want to work with you to resolve your problem, and they’ll be more likely to go out of their way to do so if you’re nice and polite.
Politely asking if there are any discounts available or if a fee can be waived often works well too. (Especially when compared to being demanding or rude.) I’m of the mind that it never hurts to ask, as long as you ask nicely.
And it often helps.