Whenever you’ve been on the receiving end of an act of thoughtfulness or kindness, remember to acknowledge that act.
We teach our children to say thank you but yet as adults we tend to take these gestures for granted, or we put off showing our appreciation as we are so busy with our daily lives.
Here are a couple of points to keep in mind.
Timing is key – Do not wait too long to convey your thanks – the sooner, the better. If writing a `thank you’ card will take too long, send a `thank you’ email instead. Better yet, a quick phone call will be greatly appreciated.
Stock up – It is a great idea to have some `thank you’ cards or notes on hand. These can be bought in packs inexpensively, and is useful to have at home or at the office. I love sendoutcards, the system so simple to use. You can send a card so easily wherever you are. Additionally, you have the option of adding your own pictures and it enables you to personalize each card. The system offers over 13,000 cards to choose from, or you can create your own card.
Keep it appropriate – Often people are not sure how big a `thank you’ is appropriate. Sometimes a simple card or phone call will do. Keep in mind that you should not overdo or underplay your gesture of thanks. If you are thinking of sending a gift, home-baked cookies or a cake also make great and meaningful gifts.
Involve others – If children or other family members can be involved, include them. Children love creating cards and drawings which would make the “thank you” more meaningful and memorable. My son loves to help me with this. He can get pretty creative with his thank you cards and loves being involved.
Never too late – if you have forgotten to thank someone, it is never too late to do so. It is your gratitude that counts and people like to be appreciated and thanked for their thoughtfulness.