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Why Thank You Notes Will Stay in Fashion

Handwritten Thank You NoteWhen was the last time you received an honest-to-goodness thank you note? I don’t mean an email or a phone call. I mean a handwritten note on a card or other stationary that was put in an envelope, addressed, stamped, and dropped in the mail. Chances are, it’s been a while, and it may even feel that such a practice is outdated. While we may have become lax in sending such notes of appreciation, thank you notes will not go out of style. Here’s why:

Thank you notes make customers feel valued. Last summer, I placed an order with an online store that I had never worked with before. If the item I had been looking for had been available through an e-tailer that I knew better, I would have ordered it from them. As it was, this unknown seller seemed to be my only option, so I placed the order. When my package arrived, I was delighted to find a handwritten note thanking me for my order enclosed. Writing that little note and having the notecard onhand required a bit of effort, but it most certainly paid off. That single thank you note made me feel valued as customer, and I have placed several more orders with that business in the months since, something I would most likely not have done if they hadn’t made the extra effort to say thank you in a personal way.

Thank you notes are tangible. Today, much of our communication is electronic. We get so many emails and text messages every day that they are the norm, but we can’t physically open them, hold them in our hand, or set them out on a shelf to look at occasionally.

Thank you notes are personal. The act of choosing a card, whether it be purchased to the occasion, or pulled from a box that you keep for this type of correspondence requires forethought and commitment that is simply not there for an email or text message. Writing the note by hand adds another personal touch, because it is something that you took the time to do for the recipient to show your gratitude. We are also generally more thoughtful and reflective when we sit down and put pen to paper, resulting in a more heartfelt message.

Thank you notes set you apart. As we have mentioned, many people have abandoned traditional envelopes, stamps, and mail in favor of sending off a quick electronic message. When someone receives an actual thank you note from you, it distinguishes you from those around you. This is true in both social and professional settings.

Grandma doesn’t use email. Okay, she probably does, but it isn’t the way she has spent her life communicating. Her definition of a well-mannered person includes writing thank you notes, as should all of ours. Imagine how much more appreciative she will be when she goes to the mailbox and finds a hand-written card from her grandson thanking her for the watch she gave him for graduation, rather than getting a similar message electronically.

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