It may seem like an outdated practice, but the benefits of writing thank you notes are hard to deny. There's some gratifying about receiving a thoughtful thank you note after helping a friend move or sending an expensive gift to a loved one. They only take a few minutes to write and the benefits of writing thank you notes make it well worth the time. Now's the time to invest in a set of thank you cards and envelopes.
1. Strengthens Relationships
One of the most obvious benefits of writing thank you notes is the way the act strengthens relationships. As you sit down to write the note, you think about how much the gift means to you. When the giver receives your note, they realize how grateful you truly are. Plus, it makes them feel special that you cared enough to thank them formally. It may seem like a waste of time at first, but when it brings two people closer, it's not a waste at all.
2. Teaches You to Be Grateful
How many of us are guilty of opening a gift, saying a quick thank you and moving on? I know I've done it. When writing a note, you have to take a moment to really think about the gift and why you're thankful for it. The simple act of writing a note teaches you the importance of being grateful. After doing this a few times, you'll take a little more time when you receive a gift to fully appreciate it.
3. Alleviates Guilt
Did someone send you something, but they weren't around to see you open it? A phone call is nice, but somehow it doesn't always seem like enough. They gave you something you could keep. A thank you note helps alleviate any guilt you might feel over receiving an incredible gift without giving something in return. Appreciation is priceless. Putting it on paper is a permanent way to thank the person each time they see your card.
4. Make a Good Impression
If you received a gift from someone new in your life or you've just attended a job interview, a thank you note is a great way to make a good impression. It shows you're grateful and appreciated the time the other person took to think of you. You'd be amazed at how much a single thank you note changes how others perceive you. Even if the first encounter didn't go so well, the thank you note might just make things right.
5. Stand out from the Rest
It's rare for the giver to receive a thank you note. Whether it's a job interviewer or a gift giver, they want to fee appreciated. When you take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to pen a nice thank you letter, you instantly stand out in their minds. Imagine how great it would be to become the favorite family member or be pushed to the shortlist for your dream job. All you have to do is say thank you.
6. Practice Writing
Outside of short text messages, how often do you really write anything any more? Once you're done with school, letter writing becomes a thing of the past. You never know when you might need those writing skills in life. Thank you notes are a simple way to practice your writing skills and even improve your handwriting. Trust me, writing skills are still a valuable commodity.
7. Brighten Someone's Day
I can't think of anyone who doesn't like receiving cards. They're a great way to show someone you're thinking of them. Why not brighten someone's day by sending them a random thank you card? Thank them for making a difference in your life or being there during a difficult time. Believe me, they'll love it and you'll feel great at the same time.
Thank you notes aren't a thing of the past. In fact, I'm seeing more people writing them now than I did 10 years ago. If you're feeling thankful, let someone know by writing them a note. When was the last time you sent a thank you note?