“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston
I recently loaned a dear book to a friend, and received this thank you post-it tucked into the book a few weeks later. It reads, “Alex, Thank you so much for introducing me to this book. Very inspiring and I’ve recommended it to tons of folks. Take care and hope to see you soon! Sheldon”
As one-half of the Stargrass Paper Co founding team, procuring fine cards and stationery from around the world, I chuckled when I received this note. Does it matter my friend didn’t purchase, at the least, some cheap thank you card in order to better express his gratitude? I don’t think so.
A great piece of correspondence is thoughtful, memorable and clearly conveys the sentiment to the intended audience; it’s a reflection of both the sender and the sender’s understanding of the recipient. And a great thank you note, in particular, includes why the sender is thankful and how the gift has left an impact on them. There’s definitely a time, place and recipient for every kind of correspondence.