One of the smartest and most humble men I knew often said “thank you for asking” at the end of our conversation. He was appreciating the fact that I asked questions about his work, life and family.  

Sometimes in our crazy busy, self-absorbed lives, we tend to focus only on our needs or challenges. But what if we became more aware and had a mental shift focusing on others rather than ourselves? What if we were authentically eager to find out about them and how they were doing rather than talking so much about ourselves? 

Whether the person thanks us for asking or not, let’s stay curious and engaged. This means asking others about their work or life in our conversations and listening in a caring way. If someone ever does say “thank you for asking,” you’ll realize the value of taking the time to ask a few simple questions and just how far it goes in showing that you care.