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“You are welcome” vs. “No problem”

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.”

It strikes me all the time when I thank someone, and the answer is “No problem.” Or worst, you get some inarticulate words.

I want to clarify: “No problem” is a negative answer that we can translate such as “It’s nothing.” A reply with “No problem” is not completely inappropriate in some circumstances, but sometimes this expression may sound dull and affect the person who thanked.

For example, when a friend thank you for a birthday gift, you don’t reply with “No problem.” You answer with meaningful words that express your feelings for your friend: “You are welcome” or “You are very welcome.”

You can reply with “No problem” when you do something repeatedly, such as helping a friend with a project or doing housework. You can also say, “No problem, my pleasure.” It gives positive feedback to the person who says thank you.

Make a habit and always answer with a positive message when someone says thank you to you, such as: “You are welcome,” “It’s my pleasure,” or “My pleasure.” It shows respect and consideration, and people around you will feel the same for you.


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