How to write the right thing

John’s tips on pen­ning the per­fect thank you

Spirit and Destiny - - Real Lives -

1 Use a small card. This stops you go­ing off topic. There’s only room to fo­cus on the good thing the per­son did for you and your grat­i­tude for it.

2 Make it hand­writ­ten. This is what sets the note apart from an email. It helps to write a rough draft. Most writ­ing gets bet­ter with re­vi­sions!

3 Men­tion the gift or ef­fort they’ve made for you so the re­cip­i­ent knows you’re thank­ing them for the right thing. Add a sen­tence or two about how their ac­tions have changed your life. The best thank-you notes let the re­cip­i­ent know a ges­ture was truly ap­pre­ci­ated.

4 If there’s some­thing else you’ve for­got­ten to thank them for in the past, add it next. Or de­tail the im­por­tance of their friend­ship.

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