The Value of a Handwritten Thank You Note

Image Credit: Alejandro Escamilla
Image Credit: Alejandro Escamilla

Whitney Bertram, Operations Manager


A lot of what I do daily, I learned from my mom. Make the bed. Say “please.” Floss. Turn off the light when you leave the room. Walk the dog. And always send a thank you note.

Growing up, my siblings and I always had to send a handwritten thank you note after receiving a gift. We had a deadline of one week.

To this day, I still receive a thank you note from each of my sisters and brother after Christmas and their birthdays, even if they thanked me in person.

In this electronic age, it’s easy to shoot off a quick email or post on someone’s Facebook wall. Sending handwritten notes is becoming such a lost art that I’ve even received “thank you for your thank you note” notes. People genuinely appreciate the simple act of a handwritten thank you. I often display the ones I receive on my desk or pin them to my bulletin board as opposed to a quick “delete.”

Think about the feeling you get when you check your mailbox and you see your address written in ink. Mail (not including bills, credit card offers or junk) seems to be a thing of the past. A handwritten note can make someone’s day.

Penning a quick note of appreciation to a vendor, sponsor or volunteer takes only a few minutes but will let the recipient know you value their time, effort and support.

Send a thank you email, express your gratitude in person, but never underestimate the sentiment of the handwritten note.


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