Remember that thing called your mailbox? I don’t know about you, but I LOVE checking the mail everyday in the hopes that I get a piece of handwritten, thoughtful mail. Forget all that junk mail, I’m talking about a real card that someone spent time writing and mailing just to me! I know I’m not the only one that gets ridiculously excited when an envelope appears that’s carefully addressed to me, so today I’m breaking down why it’s crucial to keep sending snail mail for your relationships, business, and personal joyfulness level.
Last week I was at one of my favorite stores and came across a whole slew of beautiful thank you cards. I’ve got an entire shelf dedicated to cards, but I haven’t yet gotten any thank you cards specifically for Kate & Co, so I figured then was the perfect opportunity! And boy did I stock up, I mean how could I not when they fit my branding so well with shades of peach and gold foil?! 100+ cards later and I think I’m set for the next one or two years… I love having an over-abundance of every type of card on hand so that I’m prepared for any situation, but especially to write thank you notes letting people know how much I appreciate them and how they helped me.
My grandmother recently reminded me that letter writing “runs in the family”, how her mother and grandmother were avid letter writers as well. You definitely don’t have to be an expert to write a letter, just a short and sweet card will do the trick! Personal relationships and business relationships will flourish when your friends, family, and business contacts get the verbal (well, written in this case) affirmation they deserve for their kind efforts! It’s about acknowledging what they did for you or gave you, and also that they as a person are valued. If you need more reasons why practicing gratitude is great, check out this article by Real Simple! Here are the key components to any winning handwritten note:
- The date! Some people (admittedly, me) like to save sweet cards and when they refer back to them, it’s nice to have a date to reference.
- A lead-in statement thanking them and specifically stating how they helped you. The key word there was specifically! The recipient needs to know that you know exactly how they assisted or what they gifted to you. For example, “I really appreciated how you came to the party and not only helped set up the remaining decorations, but also gave us a beautiful serving dish!”
- If it’s a gift that you’re thanking someone for, tell them exactly how you plan to use the gift. This applies to money too! Simple enough to say, “Your daily calendar is already up on our kitchen counter giving me a sweet little nugget every day.” or “We’re going to use your generous gift towards a kayak so we can go boating together at the lake by our house.”
- A direct compliment is really helpful like, “You are always so observant, jumping in to help as soon as you see a need.”
- And lastly, BE SINCERE. Don’t say any of the above if you don’t mean it (but I hope you do!) You can even include a nice little wrap up saying how you’re hopeful to see them/work with them again very soon, or better yet, state exactly when you will be seeing them or collaborating again!
- For bonus points, spend a little extra time on addressing the envelope, because it’s not just the contents of the card, it’s also how it’s packaged. Add a little flourish under their name, or try a fun “font” other than your standard handwriting.
Next time you have something, ANYTHING, to be thankful for, get out a note and spend the five minutes (I promise it’ll be that short!) writing a sincere note because it will feel good to you and even better for the recipient! It always feels better to give than to receive, doesn’t it? For more ideas on how specifically to thank vendors and colleagues, check out this lovely post by the Planner’s Lounge!