The Importance of Saying “Thanks”

The 4 steps to writing a thank you note.

Step 1: Address the recipient by name and say thank you, be sure to mention specifically what you are thanking them for.

Dear Lisa,
Thank you so much for the beautiful yellow rose bush.



There is no need to write ‘I am writing to thank you’. That is self-evident. It is better to jump right in by expressing your thanks and appreciation, for example:

It was wonderful to receive..

.My sincere thanks for..

Many thanks for your help with facilitating the meeting…

The teas are delicious, thank you so much!

Step 2: Continue by describing your feelings about the gift, event, favor, kindness, or service done. One sentence will do, but two or three are better (don’t overdo it though, or you’ll start to sound insincere). For example:

As you know, yellow roses are my favorite and I have planted them in a special spot near my door so that every time I walk outside I can smell their fragrance.

Step 3: Focus on the recipient. How are they? How is work/ school?  Any plans for the holiday season? You may also like to suggest a meet up (in person or by phone) in the near future.

How have you been doing?  Do you have any plans for the Summer? I hope I can join the family at the beach house this year – I’ll give you a call later in the week to catch up.

Step 4: Finally, repeat your thanks and appreciation with a brief sentence, and sign off.

Thank you again for picking out such a lovely gift.

Love,

Aunt Melissa

And below is all of it put together-

Dear Lisa,
Thank you so much for the beautiful yellow rose bush.

As you know, yellow roses are my favorite and I have planted them in a special spot near my door so that every time I walk outside I can smell their fragrance.

How have you been doing?  Do you have any plans for the Summer? I hope I can join the family at the beach house this year – I’ll give you a call later in the week to catch up.

Thank you again for such a lovely gift.

Love,

Aunt Melissa