Hearing or reading “Thank You” after exerting effort for someone can truly be one of the most rewarding experiences. Sure, we’re not supposed to do anything for the thanks we get, but isn’t it nice to be acknowledged for the help you provided moving a friend into their home, the present you picked out for your aunt, or the shoulder your provided for your best friend to cry on after the break-up?
Along with letters, a hand-written Thank You note has fallen out of favor. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take the time to let someone special to you know that you love and appreciate them. If you don’t want to send a card via post, think about sending an email, or an e-card to show how much a person means to you.
Websites like American Greetings, and Hallmark have options to send cards as emails. Other places like Postable will print a card and send it to a recipient for you. Feeling over exuberant? Why not send flowers, drop off some chocolates or bake a cake. If you’re still not enthused with the options, simply take the time to write a simple email, or post something special to their Facebook wall.
A thank you doesn’t have to be overly verbose. It can be as little as three sentences, or as long as a letter. The important thing is to cover these basic areas:
- Issue thanks and be specific for what you’re giving thanks.
- Say why the gift is important to you.
- Extend wishes to connect with the person in the future.
Make sure you issue your thanks within a short time period of receiving the gift. You don’t have to do a thank you as soon as you get the gift, but waiting too long can make people feel like you don’t appreciate the gift. If you wait more than a couple of weeks to issue your thanks, make sure your thank you is extra gregarious.
The most important thing about all of this is making the person that gave you the gift feel just as appreciated as you felt. And remember, “Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson