Even if it's contrived, a 'thank you' is still a thank you.
Behavioral psychologists love to tell us that the one day when the phrase 'thank you' is uttered more than any other day is...
Halloween. (Didn't see that coming did you?!)
You can probably hear it ringing in your ears - the parent or guardian calling out from the sidewalk - 'Did you say thank you?' and the goblins dutifully repeating in a sing-songy, monotone chorus - 'Thank you.'
But it's not genuine! (people object) and my 'Thank you's' must be real to be meaningful.
So, are they? When you say 'thank you' can people tell you're being real?'