Hogwarts 2.0.: Learning magical powers in the comfort of your own living room

If you expect that by having read this article you will learn how to fly on a broom or how to freeze the moment I am afraid I will need to disappoint you. But for flying there are better alternatives and the moments can also be “frozen” in numerous ways. The magic I want to talk about is much more mundane yet also much more powerful. It can make other people’s day brighter, it can light up your own day and it can also miraculously get you what you want. It is the extraordinary power of a smile and a genuine “thank you”.

Saying “thank you” seems so easy but it is amazing how often it is overlooked. The root-cause of a lot of problems is that things are being taken for granted or that people are being taken for granted. Just a little bit of appreciation, recognition, gratitude can make somebody’s day and enhance positive vibes in the air. Coupled with a smile it does wonders!

A little example. You expect to get a good customer service. Sure so. But how often when you actually got one, you bothered to say “thank you”? That’s not needed, because a company is obliged to provide good customer service? Yes, but it’s not a company but its people who actually provide that service to you. Everybody likes recognition, moreover, everybody deserves recognition. I contacted a customer service of one company recently with a problem. They rapidly provided me with solutions and also with all the relevant information so that I could pursue one of the options. Of course, I wrote back to them saying that I am grateful, that this attitude is the reason I like their company and that I wish them all a splendid day. I had to recontact them two days later as that particular spare part I needed was only available for delivery in the Netherlands. What they did – they ordered it for me. Delivered to my door. For free. I am not saying that this happened because I told them that they are amazing. However, this is also not the first time that I experience good things coming my way after I have just been kind to people and have appreciated what they did to me instead of taking them for granted. When you send out positive energy you tend to get it back and not necessarily from the same person.

In personal relationships the power of “thank you” and a smile is even more significant. Yes, of course, you don’t make dinner to receive “thank you” from your husband, nor you do the laundry for that purpose. However, a simple “thank you” is a positive vibe that has a power to remove the tiredness factor from this never-ending chore-cycle. And as I said before, everybody likes recognition and deserves it.

In raising kids such recognition is likewise indispensable. When a kid tried to clean the floor (and messed it up worse than it was before) instead of saying: “leave that alone, you cannot do it anyway!” try: “thank you for helping me!” and a smile. You will be amazed how fast the skill will improve!

So unleash your magical powers and start enhancing positive vibes in the air by saying “thank you” to people and sending them your sincere smiles! When you smile the world smiles back!





25 thoughts on “Hogwarts 2.0.: Learning magical powers in the comfort of your own living room”

  1. Adore this post. Currently dealing with a family member who not only refuses to apologize, but refuses to say please or thank you. It makes me not want to be around her. On the plus side, my husband ALWAYS says thank you especially after every meal I make. I cook every night for us so he has to expect it by now, but no matter what he says thank you because he wants me to feel appreciated. LOVE IT. 🙂


  2. Thank you so much for writing this post. Not only is it beautifully written, but it is a true reminder of how important two little words are and how they can make someone’s day. It takes seconds to say thank you; the impact those words have lasts a lot longer.

    Sarah xx


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  3. This is a wonderful post, Maria!! A simple thank you and please could change the whole attitude of a society! Positive vibes make the world go around and a slightly better place!! Cannot wait to read more of your blog posts 🙂

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  4. Such small words-Please and Thank you but such big impact they make in our lives. Very well written post Maria.


  5. Speaking of Hogwarts, I’m watching Harry Potter as I’m commenting on this post =) Beautiful post. Working as a nurse, it makes me happy and grateful I am in that profession just for a simple thank you from patients, their families and doctors for. It makes my day and makes all the work worthwhile. Thank you som much for this post and reminder.

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  6. What a lovely, positive and inspirational article! I have nothing to add, the power of some words is much stronger than any Harry Potter magical power! Thank you for reminding me how important it is to say “thank you” 🙂

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  7. I absolutely agree! Sometimes we take almost everything for granted. I like how you remind us again that everybody wants to be recognised, and giving recognation by saying “thank you” is one of the best way to do it.


  8. I absolutely agree! Sometimes we take almost everything for granted. I like that you remind us again that everybody wants to be recognised, and giving recognation by saying “thank you” is one of the best way to do it.


  9. When we all more live out of a context that we all are responsible for our own deeds, and be thankful for what we have in life and to people. The whole society would change and wars will not long exist! We have a long way to go, but we won’t give up 🙂

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