“Send a thank you card.”
We have much in our lives to be thankful for. Between family, lifestyle, health, happiness, status, certainty, wealth etc, there is something that we should be thankful for. There are many instances where people are deserving of a little thank you. Maybe someone holds a door open for you, helps you with a grocery bag, or simply puts a smile on your face.
But on occasion, people cross our paths that warrant a little more than a simple “thank you”. They can be mentors, friends, family, professionals, or perfect strangers that you met. It can be following an interview, a lunch, an exchange of ideas, an invitation. Maybe they gave you some wonderful advice. Maybe they gave you a much needed kick to the rear. No matter who they are, if you want to send your thanks, do so by sending them a little card. It costs very little, takes very little time, but is a gesture that can mean a lot to that individual.
When you write your letter, be sure to take a few moments to recall what interaction you had with them, and what it is you are thankful for. Be sure to be sincere with your words. Like most acts of compassion or kindness, there is an inevitable benefit to you as well. In this day and age, most people feel more comfortable texting, or emailing their thanks. Sending a card stands out since it happens so infrequently. They’re much more likely to remember your name if you’ve taken the moment to write it out by hand.
And anyway, a thank you card looks wonderful on a desk, or up on a wall 😉