I recently saw a picture of myself from the 90’s and it made me laugh out loud. The fashion statement in those days was the addition of shoulder pads. They made my small frame look like I was trying out for some football team. Not pretty.
Some things like shoulder pads go out of style, but some things never do – like a thankful heart. Gratitude is always attractive! The means to display gratitude is another thing that will never be passe’ and it comes in the form of a Thank you Note. Thank you notes are a special touch to demonstrate your gratitude for an act of kindness or a gesture of generosity.
That being said, let’s talk a little about when and how to write one.
When should we write a thank you card?
- When you receive a gift.
- Wedding/Baby Shower
- Wedding Gift
- You get the idea…we get gifts often, and so a thank you needs to be sent…often.
- When you have been a guest in someone’s home
- For a meal
- As an overnight guest
- When someone has done a kind gesture
- Helped when you were sick
- Encouraged you
- Done a task for you
What should a thank you note say?
- What the person did
- Why it meant something special to you
- How it will be used (if it was a gift)
- That you are grateful
It doesn’t have to be long, just include the essentials listed above, and do it promptly. The saying that has stuck with me is,
Swift gratitude is the sweetest!
If you wait until 6 months after your wedding to send Aunt Betty a thank you for the place setting of your china, it’s not going to be received as warmly as it would have a couple weeks after your honeymoon. So being prompt is key.
I receive lots of sweet thank you’s and it always means so much. Just that the person would stop to write out their gratitude means a lot. It’s a social skill that will never grow out of style. Let’s all try to put on thankfulness and see how it embellishes our personal style far better than those 1990 shoulder pads did!
Are you an avid thank you note writer? When was the last time you received one?