An Attitude of Gratitude

Thank you note

Twenty years ago, it was expected that whenever you received a gift or act of kindness from someone, you mailed them a thank-you note. But thanks to technology, hand-written letters have largely become a thing of the past. Most people today consider thank-you notes “old-school,” opting instead for email and text messages. While quick and convenient, they don’t take the place of a handwritten note. People of all ages will appreciate the effort you make to pick up a pen and card and mail (yes, snail mail) it to them. It will mean more to them than a text or email.

Read on for tips on how to craft the perfect thank-you note:

1. BE PROMPT. 

Send the note as soon as you can. Within one month of receiving a gift is ideal, but it’s better late than never.

2. GET PERSONAL.

Choose thank-you cards with matching envelopes that fit the occasion or your personality. And handwrite the note; it’s the most sincere expression of gratitude.

3. BE SPECIFIC. 

Address the recipient by name, mention the gift, and let them know what you plan to do with it. If the gift was cash, instead of saying, “Thank you for the $50,” say something like, “Thank you for the generous gift. I plan to use it to buy supplies for my college dorm room.” The giver will appreciate knowing your plans for the money.

4. WRITE CLEARLY. 

If the recipient can’t read your handwriting, it won’t benefit anyone. Take your time, and write neatly.

5. CLOSE IT WELL. 

End it in a friendly manner. Common closings include “With appreciation,” “Fondly,” “Sincerely” and “With thanks.”

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