Yes, absolutely. In our fast-paced world, it is more important than ever to slow down and be grateful.
I remember as a young girl receiving a beautiful powder blue envelope addressed just to me. I opened it to retrieve a matching note card that bore the monogram of one of my best friend’s mother. I had taken her a small gift while she was recovering from surgery. It was such a small token, but the note that she wrote made me feel like it was the best gift in the world. It was sweetly written and made me feel so grown up. I have never forgotten that feeling, and I hope that every time I write a note it makes someone else feel just that wonderful.
There is something special about the hand-written note.Whether conveying your appreciation for a wedding gift, a dinner invitation or a thoughtful gesture, the thank-you note will always be an important part of a civilized society. Emails and phone calls are certainly acceptable ways of expressing your gratitude, but I believe the hand-written note is the best.
Some people dread note-writing and put it off until the task is so daunting that they simply cannot catch up. Here are a few tips that make note-writing easy and fun:
Purchase beautiful stationery, note cards or paper. This is a fabulous way to express yourself. The choices are limitless in price and style. Try to avoid preprinted “thank you” cards.
Examples of Stationery
Half sheet/letter sheet
This is my personal favorite. Many people consider this the most formal form of stationery. They are traditionally ecru and sometimes white. They have a fold along the left-hand side and must be folded again in order to fit into the smaller envelope. I use the half sheet for almost everything from replying to invitations to sympathy notes.
Usually personalized with a woman’s married name, these are small note cards in various colors that fold over and fit into small envelopes. Informals are actually not “informal” for today and are perfect for thank yous, sympathy and replying to invitations.
These are more informal than the above mentioned. They are flat cards perfect for thank yous and correspondence of any nature. Correspondence cards are very appropriate for men to use in almost all situations that require stationery.
Try to write notes in a timely manner, preferably within a week of the event or receipt of the gift. Keeping note cards in a convenient place with your address book, good pen and stamps will make it easier. Whether it is beside your bed or at your desk by your computer, keeping supplies handy will make them accessible and remind you of what you need to do. Even if you do not get to it right away it is never too late to thank someone for a kind gesture.
Five easy steps to the perfect note:
Step 1: Greeting
Step 2: State what you are grateful for
Thank you for the lovely flowers that you sent for my birthday.
Step 3: Write two or three sentences of why it was special
You know how I adore roses. They were so beautiful and made my house smell divine.
Step 4: Repeat your thanks
Thanks again for remembering me in such a lovely way.
Step 5: Closing
When you should send a note:
Following the receipt of a gift
To express sympathy
Following a dinner party or overnight stay
To express congratulations
Any time someone does something nice for you.
Take time to express your thanks. It will not only make someone else feel good, it will enrich you.