The Lost Art of the Thank You Note

Have you ever noticed that when you are passionate about something, the words all just flow? I’m totally over my writing block and all it took was a Thank You note.

I recently wrote a note to someone I’ve never met and probably never will. The woman will be celebrating 75 years with an organization near and dear to my heart. As a way to bridge the generations, an advisor suggested we write a note thanking this woman for her many years of service. Hands down, it was the easiest note I’ve ever written.

How many thank you notes have you written lately? I write them quite often. I thought (and have been regularly told) this wasn’t normal until I took an informal Twitter poll and discovered the “lost art of the thank you note” might not be lost after all.

TJ Dietderich recently wrote a note to someone for just doing their job and writes them often, just to be nice.

“I think it’s charming!” she said. “And it proves to people that I’m not all digital and soulless e-mailing all the time.”

Most people are savvy to writing a thank you note for a job interview, and Jason Mollica said he wrote one “thanking for an interview at my current job.” He doesn’t just write thank you notes when it might set him apart from other candidates, he writes them when his children receive a gift or a friend goes out of their way.

Jessica Kohler and Amy Z. are a kindred spirits.

“I have nightmare stories about thank you notes,” Jess said.

amy_z also often writes thank you notes for gifts or other kindnesses.

I never would have guessed that the secret to unlock my writer’s block was hiding in a thank you note.

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5 thoughts on “The Lost Art of the Thank You Note

  1. I couldn’t agree more!! Sitting down and actually writing a note to a real life human being is cathartic and always much-appreciated by the recipient.

    1. Thanks for the comments, Megan! I’ve started a collection of nice stationary for all occasions and find just looking at the pretty paper helps to get the words flowing. I couldn’t agree more about the therapeutic aspects of hand written notes for the writer and recipient.

  2. I agree, best thing my Grandmother taught me and helped me keep up through writing letters throughout my chlldhood.

    To see people’s face as they glow from a thank you note is motivation enough

    1. Michele,
      I completely agree. A handwritten note is always appropriate. I’m sure now when you write one you think of your grandmother. What a great thing to pass down.
      I hope to hear from you again soon.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      -Aurora

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