Saying “Thank you”

I enjoyed this post. I notice more that as we get more in technology the finer points of good manners and etiquette seem to be falling behind. It’s so easy not to keep up with people’s addresses anymore, it’s an email or cell number to say thanks. I was very good at this a few years ago with my hand written notes but have gotten lazy recently. I will make that effort going forward to be better, because it’s important to let those you care about know how truly thankful you are!

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A lovely card arrived this week for my husband, a thank-you note (real paper, lovely image, hand-written in pen) from a young female photographer whose work he had commissioned for a New York Times photo essay.

If you think thank-you notes — no, not thank you tweets or emails — are passe, think again.

If you really want to make an impression, consider the quaint, old-fashioned elegance of writing, stamping and mailing a thank-you note.

Whenever I leave home for a few days or longer, I carry personal stationery and some thank-you cards with me, so I never have an excuse not to write a thank-you note, to someone who hosted me for dinner or helped with my book or gave me a work tip.

Even U.S. President Barack Obama was recently chastised by Maureen Dowd, a New York Times columnist, for being insufficiently grateful:

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