13 June 2022 

Are thank you cards outdated?

Start a new revolution of connection in your life

You might be tempted to think that handwriting a card is like butter churning – a thing of a bygone era. But you'd be wrong – greeting cards are far from obsolete and are actually increasing in popularity.

The difference is simple. If you go to the trouble of churning butter, it's for the experience. Butter is butter; whether you made it or not, people won't notice the difference. Handwriting a greeting card, however, is all about the impact.

Receiving a heartfelt, handwritten message is an instant and lasting boost to your spirits. And it's nothing like the quick blip of a text. For one thing, text messages are soon buried in the usual flood of notifications. They're sweet but ephemeral – a micro instant of pleasure soon forgotten. They're also bland, whereas a handwritten thank you card is so much more personal. Perhaps it's your Dad's blocky handwriting, your grandma's flowery loops, or your granddaughter's awkward first attempts at writing. However it looks, you'll treasure it because it's unique and has come from someone who clearly loves you enough to really take the time to show they care.

Who do you want to be?

Think of it like this: who do you want to be? The person who is too busy to properly connect, rushing around, skimming over the surface of life? Or the person everyone knows for their kindness, who makes an effort to connect with the people in their circles and takes the time to warm hearts and lift spirits?

Or think of it like this: what kind of world do you want to live in? The one where people are too busy to care? Or the one where people treat each other with love and respect, with kindness and care, where you're not only noticed but brought into a circle of connection?

Create the world you want to live in

If that's what you'd prefer, then make it happen by living your life as if you're already there. Be the person who starts slowing down and deeply connecting. Take the time to acknowledge your gratitude in a handwritten thank you card. Start a new revolution of connection in your life.

What to write in a thank you card

Chief among the reasons that thank you notes are unwritten is that many people don't know what to say. They think the message has to be long and flowery when, in fact, keeping it short and to the point is more effective. Dear Abby, Nov. 15, 2017

  • I'm so grateful.
  • You're the best.
  • I really appreciate it.
  • My heart is still smiling.
  • Your help made a huge difference.
  • Sometimes the simplest things mean the most.
  • You're a rockstar.
  • You're seriously incredible.
  • I'm touched beyond words. I
  • 'm so thankful for everything you bring to the table.
  • I truly appreciate your energy and passion.
  • You're a blessing.
  • I'm beyond grateful for your support.
  • Thanks for being in my corner.
  • You have no idea how much your help has meant to me.
  • Heartfelt thanks.
  • I'm so touched.
  • Your help meant so much to me.
  • I feel so blessed.
  • I love you.