An old truism appropriately says, “It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy.” It’s that time of year again when we celebrate Thanksgiving, and we gather around tables filled with delicious food and a huge sense of gratitude. We focus on things we’re grateful for, and there seems to be a heightened sense of the proverbial “attitude of gratitude” all around.
We incorporated the use of handwritten thank-you notes within our company many years ago, and we encourage our clients to continue to do this today. Even in this tech-savvy world we live in, it’s always so nice to receive a handwritten note of thanks, instead of a quick text or email. It’s also a great way to really stand out from your competition.
We strongly encourage our team members and our clients to write out short and simple thank-you notes to all of the people they make connections with, as a simple act of gratitude. In fact, I used to joke that some of my clients’ customers could practically wallpaper a bathroom with the amount of thank-you notes they had received. Trust me, it’s not possible to be too grateful. Everyone sincerely appreciates getting a little reminder of how valued they are.
What are the things you are thankful for?
I encourage you to make a list of some of those things today. If any of the items on your list includes the name of an individual – then why not take a few moments to sit down and write a few handwritten thank-you notes to those special people in your life? Let them know just how much you value them. For me, my grandfather was incredibly influential in my life, and I will be forever grateful for all of the wisdom he poured into me. He’s no longer with us, but if he was, I’d be writing him a thank-you note today.
For you, maybe it’s a mentor, a client, a team member, or a close friend. Whoever you’re feeling grateful for today – remember to let those people know. Relationships matter. Always remember that it’s the things in life without a price tag attached to them, that we usually value the most.
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