Simply saying thank you doesn’t seem enough in certain situations. I was considering this while working as a nurse just a few weeks ago. And it came to me then how much easier it would be if we had a range of words that express different grades of gratitude (感谢).
My thoughts were soon put to the test. We had a woman patient who was recovering from a knee replacement operation. One afternoon, while attempting to get into bed she collapsed (倒下) from what was eventually discovered to be a heart attack. The collapse was disastrous, requiring the emergency medical team and good teamwork. But she recovered, though slowly, and was ready for discharge (出院) after four weeks.
She was grateful for everything that the medical and nursing team had done for her. On her day of discharge, we shared in her delight at her recovery. As she was leaving she was eager to say goodbye to each of us in the nursing team. When she reached one nurse, she tried to press a five-pound note into her hand. My colleague refused to accept it, saying that we were all just doing our job. The patient looked puzzled, and then replied: “Oh this isn’t for the care I had. I take that as a given. No, this is for setting my hair yesterday.”
And there you have it. To many people, saving lives is part of the job but styling hair is an extra and should be rewarded.(https://www.cpsenglish.com)