Growing up I could be found writing thank you cards, especially after Christmas or birthdays. I’m pretty sure my Mom didn’t care exactly what I wrote. I’m pretty sure she wanted me to get into the habit and/or feel the importance of writing thank you notes.
In fact, after Christmas, even now, she ALWAYS sends handwritten thank you cards to myself and each of my kids thanking them for spending time with her during the holiday and for the homemade present.
What is the big deal about writing thank you notes?
In my opinion, it is more about the time and effort put into the card and not the specific words. It is easy to text a ‘TY’ to someone quick. It is easy to send a short thank you email.
It is NOT easy—
- picking out a card, or creating your own thank you card
- figuring out what to say (check out this How To Write Thank You Notes printable)
- nicely writing your thoughts
- finding a stamp
- finding an address
- mailing the letter
Writing thank you cards is a BIG deal because it teaches you –
- to be thankful for what others do for you
- to recognize effort
- to be thankful for time spent
- to recognize small acts of kindness – not just the easily seen large acts
- to see the world through different eyes
When we shift our mindset to being more thankful and expressing that thanks we start looking at things differently. We discover there is always something to be thankful for. This makes us more grateful and we are happier.
Put together your own thank you card kit. It may be filled with premade cards or it may have handmade thank you cards. If you want to make your own cards check out this Thank You Card Template that requires glue, paper and the free printable.
Try it out today! Challenge yourself to find one thing that warrants a handwritten thank you note. Then, set a goal to write one thank you note each Sunday or once a month.
You will get more out of writing thank you notes then you can imagine. You will see a change in your outlook. You will see a more thankful you.