I admit that, in the past, I have been terrible at writing thank you notes. I’m always so appreciative when someone gives me a gift or does something nice for me. I say thank you, but sending a handwritten acknowledgement carries a bit more sentiment. I am so thankful that Betty with Mainstay Editorial Services has written this blog post for us as a reminder that a written “thank you” can go a long way. Thank you Betty! Be looking for my Thank You Note in the mail.
When I was growing up, my mom was a stickler for thank you notes. In the days following my birthday or Christmas, I had to sit down and write all of my thank yous. At the time, I hated doing them. How boring!! Now, I realize the value of them. I want to acknowledge a kind act bestowed upon me. I want the person behind the act to know I appreciate their thoughtfulness.
Over the years, I have developed a system to make writing thank yous a bit easier.
I have a box in my office filled with cards. It has dividers for thank you notes, sympathy cards, get-well-soon cards and birthday cards. I keep my box stocked with cards, so I can grab what I need when I need it. Here’s a bonus tip: The dollar store has great, inexpensive cards. When I need to refill my box, I just pop in and get enough to fill up my box. That way, I am always ready.
I store these in my box. When I need to write a note, everything is already together. I don’t spend a lot of time finding a card, then looking for a pen and finally locating a stamp. With everything ready to go, I can quickly write my letter and send it off.
Of course being organized is only one step in writing your thank yous. Next, what the heck do you write about? This stumbling block often prevents people from even getting started on their notes.
Taking the time to send a thank you note is a simple but heartfelt way to let someone know you appreciate their thoughtfulness. It is a little gesture that goes a long way in making someone feel good.