I don’t know about you, but there is something about a blank notebook, or a fresh stack of monogrammed stationery that fills me with optimism and excitement—the new ideas start flowing and are then poured out onto the pages, and I suddenly feel inspired to write all those thank-you notes that have been stacking up in a backlog that lives only in my mind. When I have a fully stocked paper and mailing station set up, the notes of gratitude to friends, co-workers, or my husband just start flowing, and the practice of sharing how much I appreciate the people I love most lifts me up in an energizing way every time. With everything happening in the world right now and kids going off to college and holiday travel still being so uncertain, I wanted to share 8 reasons to write a card today and everyday.
1. Because teachers are the absolute best and whether it was first grade or algebra, they deserve to know it.
It’s back-to-school, and teachers are some of the hardest working people we know, so drop them a line to share appreciation for taking such good care of your kiddos.
2. Because surprise lunchbox letters are the best.
As kids are adjusting to a new class and new friends, a short word of encouragement hidden in their lunchbox will brighten their day in the cafeteria. Or, mail one personally addressed to them since there is nothing better than receiving a piece of snail mail with your name on it.
3. Because it’s been way too long since you’ve seen your friend from college who now lives out of state.
There is something about friendships made in those late-night, carefree, and coffee-filled college days when we had all the time in the world that are particularly special. Drop an old photo of a fun memory in the mail with a note about what you miss about your friend.
4. Because you are still pinching yourself that you lucked out with such great neighbors.
Like a box of chocolates, when it comes to neighbors, you never really know what you are going to get. So if you lucked out and have some that water your plants when you are out of town, send you a text when there’s a package on your porch, or most importantly, they just feel like family, take a moment to tell them how much you appreciate all they do.
5. Because sometimes Facebook just isn’t quite personal enough for happy birthday wishes.
You have to admit it, when those Facebook wall messages start coming in on your birthday from everyone from your oversharing great aunt from Arizona to your first crush from fourth grade, it just feels good. But, sometimes when there is more to say, nothing will make a dear friend happier than hearing how much they mean to you with a hand written birthday card.
6. Because any day is a good day to say, “Hey, Mom—I love you.”
7. Because there’s no better way to say thank you for the interview, the life advice, or the wise counsel.
Sometimes it feels like we are all getting busier by the second, so when someone takes the time to be present and share a valuable lesson from something they’ve learned along the way, take a moment to express your great appreciation with a thank you note. We never forget the people who drop everything to do it in the times we need to hear good advice the most.
8. Because there’s no time like the present to resurrect the lost art of love notes.
Surprise your significant other with a heartfelt love letter listing all the things you love about them, just like the ones you wrote when you were first dating years ago.
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