THE POWER OF A THANK YOU NOTE
BY ERICA MULLER
If you’ve never written a thank you note, grab a notecard and a pen because today is the day.
Growing up, my mom made me write a thank you note for absolutely everything. Birthday gift? Thank you note. Christmas gifts? Thank you note. Money? Thank you note.
As a kid, I found it to be so annoying. I remember thinking, “Why can’t I just tell them ‘thank you’, why do I have to write out a whole note?” As an adult, I can’t thank my mom enough for instilling this habit in me. Because of a simple thank you note, I have gotten jobs, cultivated relationships, expanded my network, and, most importantly, showed gratitude to someone who took their time to do something nice.
We all are only given so much time in life. If someone is going to spend some of their time or hard-earned money doing something nice for me, the absolute least I can do is take a few minutes to write a thank you note and drop it in the mailbox. Not only will they be more likely to do something nice for you again, but it puts you in a state of gratitude which will always raise your vibe – a win/win situation for everyone.
Okay, so here’s what you’re going to do:
First, Go to Target, Paper Source, or Amazon and pick out a pack of thank you cards. There are an infinite amount of designs; find one that reflects you and your personality.
Second, Write out a few sentences to say thanks. Here’s an example:
Thank you so much for the copy of The Four Agreements. I can’t wait to read it! The note you wrote in the cover was so kind; I will cherish this book.
See! So. Simple. It will take you less than 5 mins I promise.
No one likes someone who is ungrateful or rude; writing a thank you note shows you care and appreciate them. Emails are great for quick business tasks, but when it comes to thanking someone for a gift, their time or their help, a physical card will always leave an impression and is so much more personal. You can write these for things like job interviews, an audition if you’re an actor or singer, a gift, the end of an internship, wedding gifts, donations to a cause you believe in, etc. The options are honestly endless.
I always think of my mom when I write a thank you note, and speaking of, I should probably go write one to her to say thanks for making me write thank you’s my whole life!