Gratitude is a gift you give yourself. I’m so thankful my mom and grandmother taught me at a very young age the importance of writing thank you notes. In life & in business, taking the time to say thanks is time well spent. It will remind you of all of the people & things that are blessings in your life and it will remind the people that you truly appreciate who they are and what they do. I’m sharing tips for how to write a thank you note that rocks hoping that you will be inspired to up your game in gratitude today. The world needs more warm fuzzy feelings in their mail box.
Here are 5 tips for writing a thank you note that rocks:
#1. Be specific: Say what they did or gave that you are grateful for.
#2. Tell the story: People love the “story”. If possible, share how what they did or gave has impacted your story in a positive way. Share how it made you feel to receive their generosity and how it lifted your spirit.
#3. Underlying message “your kindness matters to me”: Bottom line is people want to know they matter and that the good they are trying to do in this world is making a difference. You taking time to write them a note helps fill their bucket so they can keep on giving with a grateful heart. Look for a person who may go “unnoticed” by most and make it a goal to recognize them with a note.
#4. Name something you admire or respect about the giver: When possible, reflect on something that you genuinely admire or respect about the person. Take the thank you note as an opportunity to build them up. Doesn’t have to be lengthy. Just a compliment tucked in alongside your gratitude.
#5. Handwritten on actual paper whenever possible: Gratitude in any form: written, typed, sung, emailed, posted on Facebook, Tweeted, or written with a bar of soap on your bestie’s car window are all great. But there’s just something very special about the hand-written note and that is the one I love the most. Whether it is written on an index card with a crayon or embossed stationary with a fancy pen doesn’t matter as much as the words you write. They can hold it in their hands and read it whenever they need the reminder that they matter. Your handwriting, no matter what you think of it, is a treasure too. Share it with them.
Example of ho-hum thank you note:
“Dear Aunt Phoebe,
Thanks for the crockpot. I’m sure I’ll use it a lot.
Example of a thank you note that rocks:
“Dear Aunt Phoebe,
Thank you so much for the red crock pot. Red is my favorite color and it will look great in our kitchen! We’re excited to have yummy meals waiting for us when we get home.
You are such a great cook and we would love to try some of your crockpot recipes if you’ll share them.
Thanks again. We appreciate you so much!
Mike & Leigh Ann”
When you write a sincere thank you to someone and put it in the mail, it will fill your heart too. The recipient is going to get something other than a bill or junk mail in their mailbox when it arrives. That is enough reason to have a smile on your face. Knowing that a little hand-written part of you is making its way over to their desk, is a great feeling too. You are sending good out into the world via the postal system. The world needs more of that.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18