The first rule of thank-you notes is to write them.
You are never too busy to show gratitude. And once you master this simple template for writing these most important messages, you will churn them out easily, quickly and sincerely.
In fact, you'll wonder why you didn't do this sooner!
Because writing thank-you notes is as easy as 1, 2, 3, and 4 sentences.
Here's an example for you:
Of course, you may put your own original style into your notes. Individuality is encouraged.
Just remember to show appropriate gratitude by specifically mentioning the gift or act of kindness that was shown to you. And, most importantly, specifically writing "thank you" within your note.
When you receive a generalized note from someone to whom you gave a gift, how does it make you feel?
Makes you wonder if Jade is at all aware of what you gave her, doesn't it?
Interestingly, an exaggerated thank-you has the same effect.
Aunt Bridget may be too taken with her nephew to see right through this, but you and I both know Jeremy would have rather received a new car for his birthday.
Exaggeration is a hint at insincerity. If you are truly excited and appreciative of your gift, include more genuine exuberance. A phone call in addition to your note is a way to say thank you immediately, and it is easier for most people to express excitement vocally than in writing.
When you are part of a couple and want to send a thank-you note from both of you, it should still come from one of you. After all, only one of you will be writing it.
However, your spouse or partner will be mentioned in your note.
Now that you know how to write thank-you notes, here are some suggestions of when you should write them.
Sending a handwritten note in the mail is becoming an unusual occurrence. But this makes handwritten notes even more special to receive!
Whenever possible, send your thank-you via traditional mail.
In this twenty-first century, however, it is likely that you do not have your recipient's home address. If you cannot get the address immediately, send an email thank-you until you are able to send a traditional note.
Or, if your situation doesn't allow you to obtain a home address, send an email thank-you in lieu of a handwritten one.
The bottom line is, show gratitude whenever, and however, you can.