05/23/2014 10:38 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Did Mark Zuckerberg Send You a Thank You Note Yet?

The Facebook CEO has been writing one thank you note every day and it shouldn't come as a surprise because he is, after all, the person who taught us how to "friend."

Here's how he explained the impetus behind his thank you note writing regimen to Businessweek:

"It's important for me, because I'm a really critical person. I always kind of see how I want things to be better, and I'm generally not happy with how things are, or the level of service that we're providing for people, or the quality of the teams that we built. But if you look at this objectively, we're doing so well on so many of these things. I think it's important to have gratitude for that."

I, for one, am excited that Zuckerberg is making gratitude something he tackles 24/7. Frankly, the work environment needs a good role model since a recent survey found gratitude lacking in the workplace.

The survey of 2,000 Americans found that "people are less likely to feel or express gratitude at work than anyplace else." A shocking 60 percent said "they either don't express gratitude or perhaps do so only once a year."

What's more, nearly all the people in the survey conceded saying thank you to colleagues "makes me feel happier and more fulfilled" -- but on a given day, only 10 percent acted on that impulse.

What's up with that?

Why are we speechless when it comes to thank you, the most important phrase in the English language?

It's time to be gracious -- even 9 to 5.

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