The age old debate goes on and on whether or not one should pen a hand written thank you note of gratitude, or if electronic thanks suffice. While I generally find myself progressive and looking toward the future about most things in life, I personally have to kick this one old school and go with the hand written thank yous.
Author of 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life would agree with me. Just saw his story on CBS Sunday Morning, and loved it. I personally try and write at least one thank you note or tangible thank you greeting each and every week – it is on my one page sheet of goals for the year. Furthermore, I can share with you that it makes the difference, and can differentiate you from others – in a good way. It can make the difference between candidates competing for a job, even–as I was recently made aware yet again.
As I’ve shared before, in my home office, I have a wall of fame, where I keep my hand written thank you notes that I have received. While I keep other stuff on there, the thank you notes are some of the most valuable tangibles on that wall for me. I treasure them and am grateful whenever I receive a hand written thank you among all the junk and bills in my snail mail.
Next time you’re thankful, I double dog dare you to actually get those old fashioned things out called a “pen” and “paper”, and write a note of thanks. It really not only makes the receiver happy, but it will also make you feel better, too. Even if your penmanship isn’t the best, and even if you only can say “thanks.”