Universal Letter Writing Week begins today January 14th and will continue through till January 20th. Join forces with all the letter writers in the world to get your correspondence done. And what better way to start off the week than by tackling your thank you notes!
The rule of thumb for expressing written gratitude is with a handwritten note. Think of it as a gift of acknowledgement. It doesn’t have to be long or flowery. Simply mention what the gift was and how you will enjoy it. My doctor’s note is right to the point!
If you need more encouragement to get writing, Steven Toepfer, PhD at Kent State University surveyed 85 adults on their level of gratitude and happiness. “Half were asked to write letters of gratitude to people in their lives. After six weeks, the letter writers reported a significantly higher sense of gratitude and happiness, compared to those who did not write letters.”
Conclusion: “Well-being improves when people express positive emotions in letters.”
So, make yourself happy, grab a pen and paper this week.
Reference: BOTTOM LINE/Personal, To the Rescue, p 44. 2012