Gratitude is a seriously underrated quality these days. Being thankful not only makes you feel #blessed, but it also shows the person you’re thanking some appreciation which makes them feel great + encourages them to continue to whatever it is they did to elicit your gratitude. You should certainly make sure your loved ones, coworkers, and baristas know you appreciate them on a daily basis, but you should also take an extra step when warranted by sending you official thanks. You may not know exactly how to write a thank you note, but it is easier than you think.
When to write a Thank You Note
We can all agree on certain times when you should write a thank you note. Those times happen typically after a shower or a major life event (i.e. wedding + baby). Those aren’t the only times you should be writing thank you notes, however. Really, there is really no wrong time to write one. When a friend lets you stay with them on vacation, a birthday present, a nice dinner party, these are all good times to show your thanks with a note. Both Adulting + How to See a Button are very pro-gratitude and offer some great tips on how to write a thank you note. So no matter what you want to thank someone for, we’ve got you covered.
How to Write a Thank You Note
Writing a thank you note is a little more than just a quick “Thanks for having me! Love, Kim.” There is an art to how to write a thank you + there are a few elements you want to include. Follow the formula below + you’ll be the queen of gratitude in no time.
- Choose cute stationery. I’m a big fan of May Designs.
- Personalize the greeting with their name.
- Start your body copy with the word “you” if possible.
- Give specific examples of why you love it or how you used it.
- Thank them for whatever it is they did/gave.
- End with a warm closing.
Sometimes it is appropriate to send a gift in thanks, but be sure no matter what you are thanking your friends, family, and anyone else who deserves it with a card you have no idea how much they will appreciate that you know how to write a thank you note. If you want to send a gift as well, good ideas are wine, flowers, food, a souvenir from your travels, or something small you know they’ll love.