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I’ve shared a few posts this year focused on the theme of gratitude. It is so important to embrace this attitude in our lives as there are many benefits. Beyond reflection on what we are grateful for, there is a true gift in expressing it to those who impact our life for the better. We can easily spread gratitude with spontaneous notes.
Sharing Gratitude with a Note
Arielle was a grade school teacher living in Michigan. She was feeling discouraged about a student that she was struggling to help. She was wondering if her work was making any difference when she received a card in the mail.
It was a letter from one of her former students, John. In it, he thanked her for all of her hard work and dedication. He explained that his mother had been a single mom and he didn’t have anyone to help him at home. While others had given up and written him off, Arielle’s encouragement and kindness had kept him going.
Arielle was so touched by the letter that she cried. She started a campaign in her classroom, encouraging each student to write a letter of gratitude toward someone who had influenced them in a positive way.
If you want to bless someone, you can write a short note and let them know how much you care. Here are a few tips to help you get started…
Tips for Sharing Gratitude in Writing
Keep in mind, these are guidelines. There is no right or wrong way to go about expressing something from your heart. However, I know that my boys need guidance on how to get the process started.
And while there is nothing wrong with verbally expressing your gratitude, there is something special about a note. Which is why I am forever after the boys to write thank you notes after receiving a gift.
Keep it Short
Some people believe that a thank you note has to be super long in order to be sincere. However, a short thank you letter doesn’t have to be more than two paragraphs. In fact, a brief message can be more meaningful than a long one that rambles.
When writing a thank you letter, try to mention what the recipient did. For example, when Delaney wrote a thank you note to the speaker of her women’s conference, she thanked the other woman for the time she took to encourage others behind the scenes.
Once you’ve shared what the person did, explain why it was so meaningful. In Delaney’s note, she touched on how the speaker’s compassionate response spoke to her heart for hurting women.
Keep in mind that writing a letter of gratitude isn’t like writing a college term paper. You don’t have to use fancy words or impress the recipient. Instead, share from the heart and use everyday language.
Handwritten Means More
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s tempting to send your thoughts via email. But a physical, handwritten letter shows the recipient that you cared enough to spend valuable time writing to them.
A handwritten note often becomes a keepsake item. This gives the receiver a chance to re-read your kind words whenever they’re in need of encouragement.
Don’t Forget The Closing
When you’re finishing a note, you may struggle with how to end it. For a casual letter that’s going to a friend or family member you know well, you may want to use an expression of love like, “sending hugs” or “love you tons”.
But for a professional letter, you’ll want a more formal closing. Try using an expression like, “thanks again” or “sincerely”. These closing’s show you care without being too personal.
Take Action Today
Think of the ones who’ve influenced you over the years and consider writing one of them a handwritten thank you note. A few people you may want to thank include: a teacher that believed in you, a mentor that guided you during a difficult season, or spiritual leader who encouraged you.
I like to keep a supply of blank notecards at the ready to send when inspiration strikes.
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Do you stay prepared for sending short notes of gratitude to others?
Has a note from another person thanking you for something impacted your life for the better?
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