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The Power of a Thank You Note

The following is a post by Imperfect Homemaker contributor, Nicole.

 

Once upon a time, people looked forward to the arrival of the mailman each day. Yes, sometimes bills or other discouraging things are found in that little metal box, but there was the possibility of getting a real, tangible, heartfelt letter from a friend. Remember those days?

Now, getting a pen-and-paper note is very rare. We check our email and social media several times a day, no longer waiting for that one moment when mail is delivered. Being able to communicate more often, and even immediately, with friends and family is a blessing of the internet age, but at the same time we miss out on something by not getting the meaning that goes into a handwritten note.

With the price of postage, I don't generally turn to handwritten notes very often, but there is one exception: Thank you notes. I think that a written thank you speaks volumes to the recipient, and shows that you really are truly thankful for the service they gave you! It doesn't take much to type out a quick thank you in an email, but to take the time to write one out, and then pay to mail it, shows a more genuine thanks.

Here are some things that I believe deserve a genuine Thank You note:

  • When you've received a gift
  • When you've been a dinner guest
  • When you've been an overnight guest in a home or guest house
  • When someone has done a favor

Some of these may be more informal at times, and a thank you note might not be necessary. But many times, they are! I like to look for opportunities where a note would be a blessing and show just how thankful I am.

Here are some fun ways to write thank yous:

  • After spending the night in someone's guest bedroom or a prophets chamber, leave a note on the bed where the hostess can clearly see it. Makes for a fun little surprise!
  • Have kids that were included? Let them write their own note on the card, or sign their own name. If they are too young for real writing, let them color in a blank space or dictate a short note. If nothing else, the hostess will get a little chuckle.
  • Include a picture that was taken during your experience with the host/hostess. Makes it a bit more personal.
  • Add a meaningful Bible verse.
  • Use a fun pen, or add a colorful embellishment.

 

Now I'd love to hear your thoughts…how often do you write a handwritten thank you note? When is a thank you appropriate? Have you ever given a gift, and never received a thank you for it? How did you feel about it?

 

Nicole Risinger

Nicole is an avid reader and coffee drinker, who loves her Saviour, her sewing machine, and fleece sheets. She blogs at A Living Sacrifice and runs a small online shop, So Sew Organized. Between sewing and blogging she can be found playing the piano, reading a good book, or chatting with friends.

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