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“January is National Thank You Month, the perfect opportunity to pause and express your gratitude. While an email or text message is nice and a phone call is fine, nothing conveys heartfelt thanks or leaves a lasting impression better than a handwritten note.”

Start your year off by writing some “Thank You” notes to fellow colleagues, friends, and family by following these great steps:

1. Keep it short and simple.

A thank-you note doesn’t have to be long, it just has to say thank you. The average thank-you note contains 4-5 lines.

2. Write by hand.

Don’t worry if you think your handwriting is illegible. Your handwriting will hold allure for the reader because it is an extension of yourself.

3. Start with a salutation.

Begin by writing, “Dear Paul, or Hello Paul.” This makes it more personal than just launching into the note.

4. Express your gratitude.

Be specific by mentioning the gift or the good deed. Instead of saying, “Thank you for the pottery.” Try, “Thank you for the handmade ceramic bowl from New Mexico.”

5. Mention how you plan to use the gift or how much the kind gesture means to you.

For example, “The bowl goes perfect with my décor and I plan to proudly display it on my coffee table.” If someone does something special for you, you can say something like, “Thank you for the beautiful flowers and for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit me in the hospital.”

6. Reiterate your gratitude.

Close your letter by saying, “Thank you again for your generous and thoughtful gift.”

7. Send it promptly.

It’s best to send your thank-you note within 24-48 hours after an event or after receiving a gift. If more time passes or you simply forget to write a note, send the note as soon as you remember. After all, it’s better to send it late than never.”

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