Skip to main content

The Fine Art of Thank You

Canadians have the reputation of being excessively polite. We apologize when someone bumps into us. We ask people for permission to sit in empty chairs. We wait patiently behind people who aren’t even in line.
While this may seem extremely polite, I believe we have simultaneously lost the fine art of the well placed Thank You. Like anything else, said too much and too often it loses meaning. And what about the Thank You note? Does anyone take pen to paper anymore for this thoughtful gesture?
I recently wrote Thank You cards to some professional contacts. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d handwritten anything beyond messily jotted project notes. I remember travelling before the Internet (yes I am old enough to remember that) and communicating with friends and family through letters. How great would it be to receive a personal letter today? So, with that in mind I thought it would be nice to send my contacts cards instead of the all expected emails that have become commonplace.

When I sat down to write (understanding that writing is a big part of what I do) I was actually stumped. And if the Internet is any gauge of popular sentiment, apparently there are lots of other people out there as perplexed as me about what to write in a Thank You card. So, if you count yourself among them and would like to revive this gesture, here are a few links you may find useful:
Or if you just want a laugh, check out Jimmy Fallon’s thank you notes.
Do you write Thank You notes? Do you appreciate a card more than an email or do you think there’s no difference?


  1. Yes, I do write thank you notes and I also have our sons write thank you notes (in their own handwriting). Now 19 & 20, they've been writing thank you notes since they were @ 6 or 7; I would suffice to say they are among a minority of young men who do so. I love to receive handwritten notes; at Christmas, it is always interesting to me to see who takes the time to address by hand Christmas greetings (and inside notes) mailed to our family.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

10 simple joys

Recently "Chewbacca Mom" reminded the world that life is about the "simple joys". Think about it - more of  life is about the everyday moments than the sexy milestones. Though I've written a lot here about gratitude, this got me reflecting yet again on the simple joys I am thankful for. This is my list right now, though in no way complete.
1. Snuggling under a cozy duvet 2. That first sip of freshly brewed coffee in the morning 3. Hugging my partner tightly 4. Smiling to strangers and getting smiles back 5. Taking in a beautiful skyline view 6. Mastering a new skill that was unknown to me 7. Being awakened by the chirping birds outside my window each morning 8. Watching a scary movie and jumping with fright (this is a guilty pleasure, I'll admit) 9. Grocery shopping with my partner (yes I know, weird but true - we are talking simple!) 10. Camping adventures (s'mores included ;))
What are your simple joys?

What a Twit: Part IV

I am an avid Tweeter and take to sharing my favourite tweets with my blog followers every three or four months. This year started off with a bang and I have more tweets than usual...lots of them funny, some inspirational, and others informative. Enjoy!

@TheLoveStories Never regret something that once made you smile.
@TravelBloggr Dear Twitter spell check, Pancetta is not "pancreas." Just thought you should know. Learn some foodie Italian please.

What a Twit!

Over the past three years that I’ve been on Twitter, I’ve “met” tons of interesting people around the world who are doing cool things, have interesting ideas, are funny and sometimes/often even have similar interests to mine.
Twitter allows you to “favourite” tweets, bookmarking them for easy future reference.  Since many of my closest friends aren’t on Twitter, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my favourites - favourites because they are insightful, funny, hopeful or all of the above. Hopefully they make you take pause, laugh, or reflect.
There is a Top 5 (in no particular order), then some of my other faces. Enjoy!