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As you pen a sweet thank-you mes­sage to a pal, you know it will make her smile, but you may not re­al­ize just how much your kind ges­ture will mean to her. In a new study in Psy­cho­log­i­cal Science, sub­jects wrote ap­pre­cia­tive let­ters to peo­ple in their life and pre­dicted how they’d re­spond. The up­lift­ing find­ings: Re­cip­i­ents were con­sis­tently more touched, sur­prised and happy af­ter get­ting a note of grat­i­tude than senders imag­ined. Re­searchers spec­u­late our as­sump­tions (like, “Jane al­ready knows how grate­ful I feel for her help”) make us un­der­es­ti­mate how mov­ing our words of thanks will be.

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