Tis the season for giving thanks. While the days are often full of turkeys and orange leaves, there is value in taking a second to pause and give thanks. Write a thank you note for a gift or gesture you received or tell your spouse, children, friend, or neighbor that you are thankful to know them.
“The whole of the life -- even the hard -- is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole. These are new language lessons, and I live them out. There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things. It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.” Anne Voskamp
Writing a thank you note not only encourages and affirms the receiver, it also changes how you feel. In reflecting on what makes you thankful, the stress of the holiday season will release a bit. We are firm believers that there is something special about receiving mail. While emails and texts are convenient, there is something valuable in the permanency of a handwritten note.
Below are four tips for writing thank you notes. We encourage you to grab the stationary you love, a pen that writes well (this can be a simple gel pen or even a fancy fountain pen!), sit comfortably and prepare to enter the important task of thanks.
- Greeting - You can use the formal name or informal name based on the situation. It is always appropriate to begin with "Dear Susan and Steven,"
- Content - Acknowledge the gift and how much you like it. "The champagne glasses you gave us are absolutely gorgeous!"
- Content - Follow up by mentioning how the gift will be used. "They will be used with joy in celebrating good times."
- Closure - Write a suggestion to see them in the near future. "We look forward to having you over for a special toast!"
Special note on closures:
- "Fondly," reserve for those closest to you
- "With gratitude", "With sincere thanks", "Your help is greatly appreciated", "Many thanks", "Kind thanks", "Thank you" are excellent ways to close a letter to friends and acquaintances.