This simple note holds quite a bit of power, yet so few send them. Think about the last time you were on the receiving end of a handwritten thank-you note. It felt pretty good to get that little surprise in the mail, right? I know it brings a smile to my face when I receive them and I can’t help but think the sender appreciated what I did enough to take the time to write the note.
In October 2014, Bill Marriott penned a thank you to thank-you notes where he assures the thank-you note that proper etiquette is alive and well and to hang in there. He also mentions Jimmy Fallon and his thank-you notes on “The Tonight Show” (one of my favorite skits of his), in a New York Times article, “The Found Art of Thank-You Notes.” That article mentions recent scientific findings that link gratitude to increased optimism, stress reduction, and a better night’s sleep.
I encourage you to start writing thank-you notes if you haven’t been doing so… not only because it’s good manners, but because it’s good for you health too!
What are your thoughts? Do you still write thank-you notes? Are they as powerful as many perceive them to be?