This week, we're thinking about the power of a Thank You Note.
You know that obligatory 'thank you note' you write after an interview? Or maybe the thank you cards your mom made you send after your 11th birthday party? They might seem like a small, mundane and repetitive task, but actually, it holds some serious significance.
Thank you notes date all the way back to the 1400s when Europeans began exchanging greeting cards with their friends and family members. This was a new form of social expression that involved delivering the notes by hand and spreading the love. Long after the Europeans started using thank you notes, Pouis Prang, a German immigrant, brought greeting cards and thank-you notes to America in 1856.
So, what’s kept Thank You Notes around for all these years?
The power of gratitude⚡️⚡️⚡️
Handwritten letters are a fantastic way to show genuine appreciation and love for your coworkers, friends, or mentors.
For example, writing a thank you note post-interview, shows the potential employer you're grateful for the opportunity while keeping your name fresh in their mind, thus raising your chances of landing that job 💯
Showing extra appreciation to your employees and coworkers, can lead to better performance and motivation in the workplace. Saying an extra thanks to friends and family is a great way to encourage others to pay it forward, resulting in a snowball of kindness and gratitude (our favorite kind of snowballs) 🥰
Not sure where to start?
Here are some tips to writing a heartfelt thank you:
- Handwritten, always -- we get enough emails. Try typing out a draft to reduce scratch outs on the actual card. Bonus points if you find a cute card or stationary.
- Be specific! This will show your genuinity towards the favor, gift, memory, etc. someone shared with you.
- Mention why this was so important to you - it feels good to know that you made someone smile!
- Close warmly. This could look like an offer to help them out in the future, or maybe an invite to dinner- whatever it is, the sentiment is there.
Whose on your short list to say thanks to today?