Thursday, January 19, 2017

Do People Write Thank You Letters Anymore?

I still write thank you letters. I make my kids write thank you letters when someone takes the time to mail them something. But I'm finding a lot of people don't do this anymore.





I personally love when I get mail that isn't a bill. There's something special about a handwritten note. Plus, it tells the person you really appreciate what they've sent. A text is so impersonal.


Sometimes my daughter argues when I tell her to write a thank you letter. But I remind her that she shouldn't be ungrateful. She'll say she can tell the person over the phone that she's appreciative. But I insist on a thank you note. I remember grumbling when I had to write them as a kid. But I'm glad I had to write them and I hope Natalie will feel the same when she's older. You're taking a brief moment out of your day to make someone else smile.



I don't just send thank you letters. Sometimes I send "thinking of you letters." I've kept a lot of letters people have sent me over the years. They are amazing memories. Some of my favorites are from my Nana Jo. She's 95 now and I appreciate all the advice she's given me over the years. I also have letters that my friends and I wrote to each other. Letters that my husband sent me when he was in basic training. On a TDY. Deployed They all mean the world to me.


So how about it? Will you be mailing a card? If someone has mailed you something, consider sending them a thank you card. They'll appreciate it.

50 comments:

  1. I love sending and getting letters, but I don't think I've sent a thank you note since I graduated from college...

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  2. It is so funny, what you said about your daughter. Someone gave my son a card with a gift card for his graduation and they sent it in the mail. I immediately told him he needed to go buy a thank you card and mail it to her. He did not appreciate why that was important...but he sent the card (after way too much prompting from me), but it went out! LOL

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  3. I don't usually do "thank you" notes, but I definitely do "thinking of you" letters and cards. I love sending them out for no reason at all, and getting the surprised phone call or text when it arrives.

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  4. I haven't but I will do it. In fact, that'll be my thing for 2017. I do have a couple of friends who do and I love receiving them. It's that little touch that means more then just a thank you over the phone...

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  5. Yes!! I love sending thank you notes!!

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  6. My oldest writes thank you notes when she dog-sits. It keeps her business going and the money flowing! It is still appreciated by so many!

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  7. I still send thank you letters and I signed them as "With Love, Wen". It surprises me(and it makes me sad), how people care so little about something so simple to do, that in action says "I care for you."

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  8. So nice! I'm pretty terrible about writing letter. I wish I was better at it though!

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  9. [ Smiles ] I do not think that people really think about sending thank you letters in the electronic age.

    A person would rather tell someone thank you via WhatsApp or Facebook.

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  10. I must say that I actually do write written thank you cards because I think it's a beautiful lost art and I enjoy doing it!

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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  11. Writing thank-you letters might be rare nowadays that everything can be easily send through online. I still send thank-you letter or thank-cards especially to my clients / PR friends for inviting me to their events.

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  12. Where i live, it's not very popular to send 'Thank you' cards, but even, i'm a bit ashamed i've never did it before. I find it's a very classy thing to do.

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  13. I do!!! I love it because it's personal and it's a sweet gesture.

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  14. Of course, I will mail back and give a thank you letter for the effort and for remembering us. Effort that even if she can just message me through my cell phone, she still sends a letter that was unusual nowadays, and that makes it very special.

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  15. I am more a call the person up to say thankyou. I need to write a card though.

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  16. I think it is important that we teach our kids to do this and not let this just go by the wayside. It is rare for me to get an actually thank you note anymore, usually it is a text or something posted on FB. I did just get an actually thank you note yesterday however from my niece for her wedding gift.

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  17. This was actually something I've been trying to do more of. I sent a few letters with ornaments over Christmas time. And then I got these weird TN postcards that I'll sporadically send people. I love receiving random snail mail so I'm sure others do too!

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  18. I just got a handwritten thank you letter from a client I worked with. It was such a special gesture.

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  19. This is true, I don't think people do send them anymore which is sad! I love the idea and want to try sending more notes! Nikki x

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  20. my sister in law ALWAYS sends thank you cards and I love it! I feel horrible because other than my wedding thank you cards, I've never sent one!

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  21. Love this advice so much. I used to write thank you cards all the time, but lost the habit. I'll definitely start up.

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  22. the last time that I send thank you card was in my wedding , I should send those card often :)

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  23. My thinking is to stand out of the crowd. Times have changed and the thank you letter have changed too into the form of thank you notes, texts and thank you emails. I think you are doing something out of the box and should get more notice compared to other people.

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  24. Times have changed for sure. Most people just text their thank yous, fb msg or email. But we still do the old style thank you card, there is something special about it.

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  25. My kids have always had to write birthday gift thank yous. And after this year, both kids will have had to write thank yous for graduation gifts. The best part is that was their idea.

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  26. Thank you is a golden word.It's always nice to get a Thank you card.

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  27. I do write thank you letters, including to a potential employer after an interview.

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  28. I personally do still write thank you letters I believe they are a great way of showing appreciation to someone!

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  29. Sending thank you cards and letters have become a lost art. Happy to hear that you're teaching your daughter to send thank you notes.

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  30. A thank-you card really does make a difference for some. I've always sent someone a thank-you text, even just for dinner.

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  31. I am a firm believer in writing thank you cards. I write them on behalf of my daughter now, she is 18 months, but when she will do it when she gets older.

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  32. I always love thank you notes and i wish that people wont stop using them just because its digital age.

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  33. I can't remember the last time that I got a thank you card, it's been at least 10 years. I still write thank you letters and when my son can write, he will too.

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  34. I have a pack of "Thank You" cards that I bought to use with my blog but you know what? I've still haven't used a single one. I think I need to change that!

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  35. I love snail mail and send out postcards whenever I'm traveling. "Thank You" notes and cards are not very common here, so I haven't sent any yet. But the thought is really great.

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  36. I know that I have been slacking on sending off Thank you notes!! I have been having my kids do it so they get in a better habit then I have but I need to get better at it.

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  37. Isnt it sad that we just done seem to write anything anymore and I think personal hand written ;letters are so much more effective than typed ones

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  38. I always encourage my kids to write thank you cards too. My DIL always wrote one to us too when we lived in separate states.

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  39. I do and make the kids do it. When I forget I at the least send them a message or an email.

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  40. I have to be honest, I can't remember the last time I sent a Thank You card, a letter, a card, an anything. I am horrible when it comes to handwritten communication. I purchased Christmas cards with the intent of sending them out to family and they are sitting in my room now. I need to work on getting better at this.

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  41. I love getting mail, period. Even as an adult, I think that is my favorite time of the day! As far as sending Thank you cards in the mail, I remember doing that as a child after Christmas and birthdays. It is the polite thing to do and lets the person know you are grateful.

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  42. I am so terrible at this. I actually was good at it at one point and then well, life. I think I could definitely up my game and send at least one or two a year, besides the Christmas card!

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  43. I'm a little embarrassed to say my kids have not gotten good at this. Or rather, I haven't! I absolutely love getting them, though, so that should teach me something.

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  44. YES!! I do write thank you letters to everyone! It is a great way to thanks for something and it is like really cute!

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  45. I agree! I love getting handwritten notes and cards! They make me feel special. It's nice to send them out too, especially to family and friends that you haven't spoken to in years.

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  46. I love writing thank you notes! It's a way for me to show the other person that I appreciate the gesture and time taken to send me something!
    It's an old fashion art that I think needs to be brought back into 2017

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  47. It is rare but very nice when it happens.

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  48. I don't think people do it anymore. Or I take that back. It's a generational thing. I receive cards back from my elders but not from my peers. I encourage my kids to atleast say thank you and make that acknowledgment for what they have received.

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