The Times of India published a survey that confirms that people across the globe aren’t very prone to saying thanks or sorry. But it should also have carried a counter-survey conducted in 2015 by a team of neuro-linguists and American anthropologists. According to the earlier survey of 2015, senior citizens were found to be much more thankful and full of gratitude than younger people up to the age of 45-50. Because maturity and mellowness come with age. In general, youthful brashness can be held responsible for their being less thankful and repentant. With age comes sensitivity and with sensitivity, comes a mellowed sense of gratitude.
Age often dilutes ego, haughtiness and arrogance. It lends a much more generous perspective. People often don’t say ‘thanks’ and ‘sorry’ because they tend to associate these two terms with a fallaciously perceived sense of inferiority complex. But with advancing age, one understands that it was puerile not to thank anyone (in one’s youth). So, with a sense of atonement and a new-found maturity that’s integral to advancing age, senior citizens begin to use the terms ‘thanks’ and ‘sorry’ profusely. They also realise that when they were young, they didn’t get to hear ‘thanks’ a lot from their peer group. Neither did they give it to others in abundance. To expiate that sense of reciprocal loss and socio-behavioural void, they begin to say ‘thanks’ and ‘sorry’ whenever they get an opportunity, once they grow older.