Last week I wrote about the importance of saying thank you. Today I want to also remind about the importance of writing a note of thanks. Our society today is consumed with technology, and many daily tasks have been improved because of technological advancements. However, the art of the hand-written thank you note will never go out of style.
I often get asked when someone should put “pen to paper” exactly. And my answer is simple: whenever you receive a gift– for every package that you unwrap, an act of kindness that shouldn’t go unnoticed or a lovely party in which you were a guest. All of these moments deserve a few minutes of your undivided attention and a $.44 stamp. When you want to be remembered, I promise that a letter in your personal mailbox (of the standard USPS variety), will win over an email every time.
I also get asked about a stationery wardrobe. Yes, you read it correctly– a stationery wardrobe. Just like your change of clothes from business to beach-y and from formal to fashionable, your choice of stationery says a lot about you too. One can never go wrong with a nice quality ecru or white fold-over and a beautiful monogram in navy, green or
gold. That said, I prefer to save those formal pieces for my professional life and favor a colorful (but tasteful) letterpress design that screams “Heidi” to my friends the minute they receive it in their post. Trust me when I say that you should save the cards with heels and glitter for your intimate fashion divas.
Writing notes takes time out of your day. And that is exactly why they are appreciated by the receiver. To make the process a bit easier on you, in addition to a quality paper, find a pen that you LOVE to write with and invest in a roll of stamps. (That way you’ll have no excuse to get the letter in the mail!)
One simple note= $1.00
One simple stamp= $.44
5 minutes of your time= ??
A guaranteed smile= priceless.