Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality. ~Alfred Painter
People like being appreciated. Every gift deserves a thank-you, whether it is a material object, a referral, or to express your appreciation for someone’s friendship, acceptance or support.
Although occasionally a thank you email or text message will do, a handwritten note expresses a completely different level of appreciation. It takes added effort and planning (but not much) to actually pen and mail a thank you card, letter or postcard. Even if your handwriting is poor, still hand-write your notes. Do not type them or use a word processor.
Writing thank-you notes is easier than you remember them being as a kid (when your mom had you write thank you cards for every birthday gift received).
The 6 Points for a Perfect Thank You
Greet the Giver
Dear Aunt Maye,
Although it’s the easy part, you’d be surprised how many people forget it.
Express Your Gratitude
Thank you so much for the delicious homemade berry pie you brought to dinner the other night.
- Avoid beginning with, “I’m writing to thank you…” That’s stating the obvious.
- When thanking someone for money, use phrases like, “Thank you for your generosity,” or “Your kindness is greatly appreciated.“
- When writing to thank someone for an intangible (such as allowing you to stay with them for a weekend), define what the intangible thing is: ‘Thank you for your hospitality last weekend.”
- Don’t worry if it sounds too simple; the point is to create a simple expression of a heartfelt sentiment.