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How to write a Thank-You Note
If you're having trouble writing a thank-you note, you're not alone.
"Since the dawn of time, people have struggled with the right way to say thank you," says Hallmark Editor Jeanne Field.
But taking the time to put your gratitude in writing is worth it. A well-written, thoughtful thank-you note "tells our friends and family that we went out of our way to sit down and write just to them," says Field, "because they're worth it."
So why is it so hard to write a simple note?
"The hardest part of writing a thank-you note, for many, is just starting it," says Field, who advises using a template to simplify the process.
Follow these easy steps, and you'll be done in no time—and feeling good about sending a proper thank-you.
After greeting your recipient by name, express your thanks right away.
Be specific about what you're thanking them for, and tell them how you’re using the gift, or how much they helped you.
"Tell them how you plan to use or display their gift. It shows them that you really appreciate the thought that went into it," says Field. "Even if it’s cold hard cash, describe how you’ll spend the stuff."
As with any letter, it's a good idea to talk about when you might see them next, or ask how they're doing.
After that, you can thank them again or add anything else you've been meaning to say them.
Close with your warm regards, and you're ready to send!
(No need to thank us.)
Hallmark: Thank-You Note Template and Tips
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