“A handwritten note is like dining by candlelight instead of flicking on the lights, like making a gift instead of ordering a product, like taking a walk instead of driving.”
A resolution that should be on the top of everyone’s New Year’s list – more handwritten notes. ‘Tis the season for thank you notes, but there is always an occasion for a heartfelt ‘Thinking of You’ or simple ‘Hello.’ As the season of gifting is nearing an end, put pen to paper and thank the person that thought of you.
The Characteristics of a Good Thank-You Note
- Generous. Send a note even if you’ve already thanked the giver another way.
- Specific. Mention the gift but thank them for the thought behind it.
- Prompt. Send the note right away, but don’t let lateness stop you from writing at all.
- Succinct. Keep it short by writing about any unrelated matters in a separate note.
- Personal. Write it by hand. No form letters, printout, or greeting cards.
Here’s to all paper lovers, itching to use that new stationary! Let’s keep the tradition alive.
Excerpts from The Art of the Handwritten Note.