“Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
I never made my children say thank you because from an early age I knew that it had to come from a deep place inside: true gratitude. I would always encourage them to be grateful. Always.
And just to clarify, wanting approval is wanting love, wanting respect or wanting friendship; wanting to be liked. It is wanting our friends and family to think well of us. It is the sense of lacking the love or approval. Lack = want.