Are Thank Yous a Thing of the Past?

When was the last time you received a thank you note in the mail? When was the last time you wrote one?

In times gone by, writing thank you notes was a requirement of children after holidays and birthdays so show their appreciation. Wedding gifts were suppose to be thanked within a year of the marriage even though some marriages didn’t last that long.

After an interview, job search gurus will tell you to write a thank you note the same day to the people you met and even provide specific formats for a formal follow up.

But what about taking the time to jot down a simple message of appreciation? 

English teacher, Lia Hollander, shared a post recently in which she shared how being thanked by her students made her feel in her article It is Always Nice to Be Thanked.

Sure, technology allows the opportunity to text, tweet or email a quick note, but there is something about taking the time to hand write out your thoughts of gratitude. 

Every time we remember to say “thank you”, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.Sarah Ban Breathnach

The Recruiting Blogs share the benefits of the business thank you note.

Psychology Today talks about the importance of being grateful and expressing your gratitude. 

PopSugar offers 3 benefits to having kids write thank you notes.

Bottom line – although technology may provide quick ways to say thanks, there is something emotionally different about taking the time to write a note.

A business coach once suggested that as you read a magazine or website, if an article makes you think of someone in your network (work, friends, family) to tear it out or print off a copy and write a quick note. Explain that the article made you think of them and you hope they are well. This works for your customers, employees, co-workers, family, friends and grown children.

It is rare today that we go to the mailbox and find something other than a marketing piece or a bill. Your handwritten thank you or “thinking of you” note will say a lot about the person you are and how you value them.

Put a smile on someone’s face today by sending them a note of gratitude.

And in return, let me put a smile on your face by sharing some of the best Thank You Notes from Jimmy Fallon.