3 More Reasons to Write a Thank You Note

This post continues the series on why we should write thank you notes. There are many reasons and today’s post will cover three more.

1. Build relationships

Writing a thank you note also allows you to continue building a relationship with the person who gives you the gift. It becomes another point of contact. This can work very well for business contacts. The thank you note can be to thank them for meeting you for lunch or phone conversation. The thank you note could be used as an opportunity to include an invitation to get together again.

2. Appreciation for a gift that changed your life

If you received a gift that changed your life, definitely write the person a thank you note to let them know. The impact may not be realized right away. So this could be your second thank you note as hopefully, you thanked them for the gift when you received it.

This type of gift could be a large sum of money that allowed you to do something otherwise not possible (or at least not as quickly). Perhaps, a down payment for a house.

Or what about a life-changing book? For example, I’ve given Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover book as a wedding gift. The couple’s finances may be in order, but what if they are not? What if they read the book and follow its advice which then has a profound positive impact on their finances. It would be nice to hear about that even if it is many years later. For example, if the book sat on their bookshelf for many years unread.

(Note, if you are reading this and received this book from me, I’m not calling you out! I’m using this as an example since Dave’s advice changed my life).

3. It’s polite

I don’t think this one needs any explanation!

What reasons can you add to the list? Perhaps, I will include them in a future reader’s input post.

31 Days Tons of Thanks

Learn how to write a thank you note here.

About The Author
Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.

10 thoughts on “3 More Reasons to Write a Thank You Note”

  1. So many good reasons to send one! If someone mails me a gift, so that I can’t tell them thanks face-to-face, I send a note. (Especially if that person is in a different country, so that calling to say thank you would be insanely expensive.) I also send thank you notes when someone has done me a kindness, like someone in customer service who goes out of their way. Last year, I sent a thank you note to the vet at the emergency clinic who put in extra hours to save my cat’s life.

    No, I didn’t ~have~ to send thank you notes. I wasn’t obligated. By the same token, however, neither is anyone obligated to go out of their way to be kind to me. Those kinds of actions deserve some recognition and kindness in return.

  2. I love writing AND receiving thank you notes! There’s such power in the written word, speaking gratitude and words of life into another person’s life. It shows intentionality in building relationships and can make such a difference. Plus getting an envelope in the mail that’s *not* a bill or junk mail just makes my day! :)

  3. Writing a thank you note to someone may encourage them to write a thank you note the time they get a gift or receive kindness from someone.

  4. This is fantastic, Heidi! I love what you’re doing. We live in such a digital age, that so few people are sending real, handwritten notes these days.

    Keep up the great ideas!

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