The Power of a Written Thank You

The bulletin board in question... a.k.a. The "Make Audra Smile" Board

I have always been a big fan of sending written thank you notes to people.  But I’ll be real honest, there are many times that I have the best of intentions and never get around to it… but hey, as many would say, “It is the thought that counts, right?”

That being said, when I do send them, I imagine the recipient receiving this envelope, opening it, reading it and it just making their day and them keeping it forever and ever and ever (ok, not really forever…).  When in reality, they probably read it and throw it away… but as I’ve mentioned I am a total dreamer

and imagine this amazing head-over-heels response.  I suppose I should say that the reaction described above is usually my response… my bulletin board full of thank you notes is proof.

This blog post was triggered by an email thank you I received the other day.  It was short and sweet but it was first thing I read that morning and it started my day off on an amazing note. It meant someone took the time to acknowledge and thank me – someone took time FOR ME.

And yes, I keep all my email thank you notes as well.  Crazy, but true.  We all have those days – days where you feel like the scum on the bottom of someone’s shoe and you just need something or someone to remind you that you aren’t that piece of scum that you feel like – hence why I keep these kind comments readily available.

A written thank you has the power to turn someone’s day around, to remind them what they are capable of, to help them when they are doubting themselves, to let them know that they are truly appreciated… hell, just to make them smile.  And that is reason enough for me.

Sometimes it can be hard to think of something to write – but don’t over think it. Even something as simple & direct as “I just wanted to let you know that I appreciated (insert kind gesture here)” can go a long way.

Never underestimate the power of a thank you – especially a written one.

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4 thoughts on “The Power of a Written Thank You

  1. Jenny says:

    Great post Audi! I also think little compliments like “you look cute today” can go a really long way. Whatever it be – verbal compliments or written thanks yous – knowing you have the ability to brighten someone’s day should make you feel good too!

  2. DeborahB says:

    Very well said Aud and I am enjoying reading your messages so Thank you for taking the time to write reminders that we can all use and you are so right how a simple Thanks can mean so much..hugs and enjoy the snow

  3. Audra says:

    Thanks Miss Deborah! I am glad you liked it! Yeah, I have to admit, I was starting to get comfortable with the idea of a snow-less winter…. but alas, the snow has arrived!

  4. Ellen says:

    As one who is in the throes of writing thank you notes now, I appreciated your post.

    The best condolence thank you I ever got was simply put. It said: Mary (the deceased) always said you could light up a room.” I treasure it to this day.

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