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You may be wondering what the difference is between being grateful (writing a gratefulness letter) and being thankful (writing a thank you note).

Gratitude Part 2: Writing a gratitude letter

Writing a letter of gratitude is a great way to show appreciation for someone that made a difference in your life.

May 2, 2018 - Author: Jodi Schulz, Michigan State University Extension

Have you ever heard others talk about gratitude, but you’re not really sure what it is? You’re not alone. In this series of Michigan State University Extension articles, we’re going to explore what gratitude is and ideas for including gratefulness in your life, how to write a gratitude letter, health benefits of gratitude, and the differences between gratitude and thankfulness.

In this article, we’re going to explore how to write a gratitude letter. But before we begin, let’s take a quick moment to review what gratitude is. Gratitude is an emotion expressing an appreciation for what one has, as opposed to what one wants, according to Psychology Today. Furthermore, Harvard Medical School offers that gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what one receives – tangible or intangible — as they acknowledge the goodness in their lives.

Now let’s look at writing a gratitude letter. If you’ve never done it before, that’s okay! This information will help you get started right away.

Sometimes it can be difficult to start practicing gratitude by looking at ourselves and the good things in our own lives, but we can easily identify the good in others. This is a great place to start: writing a letter of gratitude to someone that made a difference in your life will bring out the strongest positive emotions within you and the person to which you’re writing.

Begin by thinking about someone that has done or said something (tangible or intangible) that made a difference in your life. It can be a relative, colleague, significant other, volunteer, service worker or friend. UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, in collaboration with HopeLab, launched Greater Good in Action, which collects research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life. They suggest that you take the following steps to write a gratitude letter:

  1. Write as though you are addressing this person directly, ie. “Dear ______.”
  2. Don’t worry about perfect grammar or spelling.
  3. Describe in specific terms what this person did, why you are grateful to this person, and how this person’s behavior affected your life. Try to be as concrete as possible.
  4. Describe what you are doing in your life now and how you often remember his or her efforts.
  5. Try to keep your letter to roughly one page (approximately 300 words).

Next, you should try to deliver your letter in person, if at all possible. To do this, consider the following steps:

  1. Plan a visit with the recipient. Let that person know you’d like to see him or her and have something special to share, but don’t reveal the exact purpose of the meeting.
  2. When you meet, let the person know that you are grateful to them and would like to read a letter expressing your gratitude. Ask that he or she refrain from interrupting until you’re done.
  3. Take your time reading the letter. While you read, pay attention to his or her reaction as well as your own.
  4. After you have read the letter, be receptive to his or her reaction and discuss your feelings together.
  5. Remember to give the letter to the person when you leave.
  6. If physical distance keeps you from a personal visit, try to arrange a video chat.

You may be wondering what the difference is between being grateful (writing a gratefulness letter) and being thankful (writing a thank you note). Although similar, being grateful implies that you have been affected by another person or thing, just as it is in your life. Remember that being grateful is about appreciating what one has, as opposed to what one wants. Being thankful or thanking someone often implies that you are acknowledging your thanks for something that someone has given you.

Remember that the key to gratefulness is simple – it’s practice. The more you integrate gratefulness into your life, the easier and more routine it will become. It won’t take long for you to notice a change in yourself and others. 

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actions of others that keep us going most days. Thank you again and God bless you all.” “Thank you for your letter and gift. It was a great help in a most difficult.

Words of Thanks and Appreciation

thank you gratitude letter

A Thank You Letter Sample for Formal and Casual Use

thank you letter sample can be a helpful reference if you struggle to find your own words of appreciation.

Sending a message to express your gratitude will be well-received in most any situation, professional or personal.

Be sincere, use an appropriate tone-formal for a business thank you, casual for a personal note-and you will seldom go wrong. It's also important to send your thank you promptly.

Feel free to modify any thank you letter sample below for your own purpose.

When writing, let these simple steps guide you:

  • Always use the name of the person you are thanking.
  • State your thanks.
  • Discuss what you are thanking them for, and why it is special to you.
  • Mention something about your relationship with the person.
  • Say thanks again.
  • Sign off, and sign your name.

Thank You Notes

FORMAL

Dear Mr. Winters:

I appreciate the time you gave me for my interview this morning. Thanks for giving me the tour. Now that I’ve seen your operations I believe that my experience in managing new widget-production will serve your company well.

It was exciting to meet you and discuss the position of Production Manager. As evident in my résumé, my qualifications are up to the task you described. I am available to start immediately. You can reach me on my cell at 555-3892.

Thank you again for considering me for this position.

Sincerely,

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CASUAL

Hey Jim:

Thanks for helping me move this weekend. Your packing skills (and strong back) sure made things easier! I can’t believe we got it all in two trips.

Sorry you couldn’t stick around after for pizza and beer. Maybe once I get organized you and Mary can come by for a real meal! And bring the kids!

I am so lucky to have a brother like you. Thanks again.

Love,



For additional personal thank you note examples, please see our free thank you notes page.

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Thoughtful Wording for a Thank You Note

thank you gratitude letter

Expressing words of thanks is not only good manners, but the right thing to do. It validates the actions of the person that helped you.

The world is a better place because there is always someone out there helping others. Someone is always trying to make this world a better place to live. Whether it’s through their actions or comments, these folks deserve our thanks. Saying thank you may not repay the good things someone did for you, it can certainly go a long way. Whenever someone does or says something positive for you, make sure to express your appreciation.

Here are some lovely choices that can be shared with people who helped you when you feel gratitude. Whether you want to thank someone for helping you in time of need, you can find the right words here.

How to Say Thank You

I’m wearing the smile you gave me.

TYFBA! (Thank you for being Awesome!)

A BIG thank you with a lot of love!

Thanks a million!

I cannot thank you enough for your help! You are nothing less than a blessing from God!

Please accept my vehement protestations of gratitude.

Thankful and grateful to have you as a friend.

We’d love to express our gratitude for your generous gift.

You have no idea how much this has helped me.

Thanks for the great time…and the great memories.

Grateful

I am so grateful for the things you did for me.

What a blessing you’ve been.

Bless your generosity!

A heartfelt thank you for all that you’ve done.

You made my day!

Our highest gratitude and appreciation – we are so grateful for your support.

Magnificent! You’re a life saver!

I’m humbled and appreciative for all you’ve done on our behalf.

The world is full of wonderful things like you!

Our highest appreciation for your kindness.

At this difficult time, it’s so nice to feel appreciated.

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Quotations

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
Dalai Lama

Being thankful not only shows good manners, but a simple expression of thankfulness can go a long way in relationships and communication with others. It not only enhances our own lives, but makes other people feel appreciated.
Daniella Whyte

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Voltaire

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy

Thank you expressions

Much obliged!

I am all gratitude.

You were there for me during a very difficult time. Thanks!

It was so awesome of you.

I will forever be beholden to you.

You have my gratitude.

What would I do without you?

I will never forget what you have done.

I’m so grateful for your thoughtfulness.

Words are powerless to express my gratitude.

Accept my endless gratitude.

My sincere gratitude.

Your generosity overwhelms me.

I appreciate your time.

Consider yourself heartily thanked.

I truly appreciate you.

I cannot express my appreciation.

I’ll forever be grateful.

Thank You Card Wording for a Gift

Perfect is the word that comes to mind when I try to describe your gift. I don’t think I myself even could have gifted anything better. Thanks for knowing me so well.

Only someone with great taste could get me such a cool gift. Your generosity is as great as your sense of style.

Thank you for the gift. You put a smile in our hearts.

I think you know me better than I know myself. Your gift was exactly what I wanted. Thanks!

You never fail to surprise me. Thank you for such a terrific gift.

Thank you for knowing me so well and for the perfect gift. One of the best presents I’ve ever gotten!

You made me feel so special when I opened your gift. I knew that you spent time, effort, and energy to make sure it was awesome. Thank you!

Thank you for adding to the joy of our wedding with your warm wishes and thoughtful gift.

 

Appreciation for Your Help

It’s harder and harder these days to get the number of volunteers we need—but you made time in your busy schedule to step up. Thank you!

Thank you very much!

I am blessed to have a friend like you.

Thanks for not giving up on me.

Thank you for your help. Please accept this card as a symbol of my sincere gratitude for everything you’ve done.

Thank you for your help. You always know how to make life brighter for everyone you know.

It was a great party! You really know how to make good times happen. Thank you for letting me be part of it.

Thank you for the unforgettable meal. You’re incredible.

I couldn’t find a card that expressed my gratitude the way I wanted. I need a card that gives you a big hug.

If you could see my face right now, you’d see a look of gratitude. Thank you!

Much Obliged

I’m very lucky to have a friend like you. My deepest gratitude for all your help! Thank you.

For all the little and big ways you’ve pitched in…thanks!

For my burden-bearing, laughter-sharing, forever-caring friend…a very happy, hug-filled, heartfelt thanks.

A big thank-you to you for letting me crash at your place (again) during the conference. You always make me feel just like family.

You made a difference because you are so caring and thoughtful.

There was nothing random about your acts of kindness. Thank you for all you have done.

Today I have realized that people who are kind are actually the richest, because they are giving away kindness – something that can never be taken or stolen. Thanks for being kind.

Thanks so much for all your help when I know you’re already so busy.

Words can’t express the gratitude I feel when I think about what you have done. I’ll just say thanks.

Thank you for your kindness

I wanted personally to let you know how gratifying it was to receive your kind note of support and encouragement.

I was captivated when I received your compliment note and was manifested pleasure reading your beautiful words. Thank you.

Looking at how obliged and indebted I am feeling towards you right now, I have realized that kindness is actually one of the greatest weapons any person can ever have. Thank you.

Thank you very much for telling me how much you have enjoyed reading my column. I’m so pleased to know that it brightens your day.

Your thoughtful note really made me happy that now you are wholly comfortable with me and my family. I would like to tell you that we already miss you a lot and really enjoyed being with you. You are always welcome to stay with us anytime in future.

Your incredible generosity and thoughtfulness shone through in your card. You didn’t have to do that, thank you!

Words of Thanks

Thoughtful and generous are two words I think of when I think of you. Thanks!

I would like you to know that I was pleased when I received your beautiful and kind note of encouragement and support. Thank you for supporting me all through the ups and downs.

I truly appreciate your nice note for my efforts. I really need your support for further endeavors. Thank you again!

Thank you for your kind words. If you could see my face, you’d see the smile you put on it.

Thank you so much for your encouragement. They mean a lot to me!

I would be grateful even if I didn’t write this thank you card, but I wanted to let you know that I think you are cool.

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Gratitude messages are, put simply, expressions of appreciation. For example, one form of a gratitude message is simply saying 'thank you'.

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thank you gratitude letter

Writing a thank-you note or email message is a lovely gesture to express your appreciation for any occasion. In the business world, a thank-you note could make the difference between getting the job, the client, or the contract, and being passed over.

Thank-you notes can solidify the impression you left with the interviewer and make you stand out from the competition. A well-written thank-you note can show your team or colleagues how much their hard work is appreciated, or let your boss know that you value his or her support.

If you take the time to write a personal thank-you note, it will always be appreciated, regardless of the circumstances. People like to be thanked and they remember those who take the time to send a note or email.

Words and Phrases to Use to Say Thank You

What's the best way to show your appreciation? When you're writing a thank-you note, choose a phrase that fits the reason why you are saying thank you.

If someone has helped you at work, on a project, or with a problem, let them know you appreciate the assistance. If you are sending a job interview thank-you note, thank the interviewer for his or her consideration. If someone gave you career advice or a tip on a job opening, tell them you appreciate the guidance or the suggestion.

When you're sending a personal thank-you letter or message, simply stating your thanks and appreciation is often all you need to do. Here’s a list of phrases to get you started.

General Thank-You Phrases

These general thank-you phrases can be used for all personal and professional communications. 

  • Thank you so much.
  • Thank you very much.
  • I appreciate your consideration / guidance / help / time.
  • I sincerely appreciate …
  • My sincere appreciation / gratitude / thanks.
  • My thanks and appreciation.
  • Please accept my deepest thanks.
  • Thank you for your assistance / consideration / encouragement / guidance / support / thoughtfulness / time. 

Business Thank-You Phrases

Sending a business thank-you note is not only professional; it’s a way to build a relationship with your professional business contacts.

  • I am appreciative of your assistance and look forward to your continuing to work on our account.
  • Many thanks for giving me this opportunity.
  • Thank you for referring [individual name] to me for [services provided].
  • Thank you for referring us to [company name].
  • Thanks very much for the assistance you provide my business. It is sincerely appreciated.

Personal Thank-You Phrases

Use these phrases to let someone know how much you appreciate what they have done for you.

  • I am grateful for your support.
  • I appreciate you.
  • I appreciate your taking the time.
  • I value the insights and guidance you provide.
  • I wanted to thank you as soon as possible.
  • I truly appreciate the confidence you showed in me.
  • I very much appreciate your help.
  • It was very thoughtful of you.
  • Thank you for your assistance.
  • Thank you for everything you do.
  • You are always so helpful.
  • You are the best.
  • You have been most helpful.
  • You have my gratitude.

Professional and Career-Related Thank-Yous

It’s always a good idea to thank everyone who has helped with your job search and your career, or provided other professional advice or assistance.

  • I am so very thankful for your time.
  • I appreciate the information and advice you have shared.
  • I sincerely appreciate the assistance.
  • Many thanks for your assistance.
  • Many thanks for your time.
  • Thank you for accepting my connection request.
  • Thank you for connecting with me. It’s an honor!
  • Thank you for the assistance you have provided me during my job search.
  • Thank you for all the help you have given me with my job search. 
  • Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I very much appreciate the time you spent discussing career options with me.
  • Thank you for providing me with advice.
  • Thank you for sharing your expertise.
  • Thank you for speaking with me. Your insights were truly helpful.
  • Thank you for spending time with me.
  • Thank you for taking time from your schedule to talk to me.

Thank You for Your Consideration

When you’re requesting something from an individual or an organization, be sure to add “thank you for the consideration” to your email or letter.

  • Thank you very much for your consideration.
  • Thank you for your consideration and forthcoming response.
  • Thank you for your consideration and attention to this matter.
  • Thank you for considering my request.
  • I am very grateful for your consideration.
  • I appreciate your consideration, and look forward to hearing from you.
  • Your consideration is sincerely appreciated.

Thank You for Help

Has someone helped you out? Be sure to take the time to relay your gratitude.

  • I appreciate your help.
  • I am grateful for your help.
  • I am so very grateful for your time.
  • Thank you for such a wonderful contribution.
  • Thank you for taking the time.
  • Thank you for taking the trouble to help me.
  • Thank you for all the help!
  • Thank you for your assistance with this matter.
  • Thank you so much for the help. Please let me know if I can return the favor.
  • Your help is greatly appreciated.

Thank You for a Job Interview

Thanking the interviewer after a one-on-one interview not only shows your appreciation. It’s also a reminder that you’re a strong candidate for the job.

  • I appreciate having the opportunity to speak with you today about the [job title] at [company name]. 
  • I appreciate the time you and the [company name] team spent interviewing me.
  • I appreciate your time and consideration in interviewing me for this position.
  • I enjoyed speaking with you about the opportunity to work with your company.
  • I greatly [or, “sincerely”] appreciate the time you took to interview me.
  • I sincerely enjoyed meeting with you to discuss the [job title] opening.
  • I would like to thank you and your staff for the opportunity to meet with you.
  • Many thanks for the opportunity to meet with you.
  • Thank you for speaking with me about the [job title] position at [company name].
  • Thank you for the courtesy you extended to me during my interview.

Thank You for Providing a Reference or Referral

Reference writing can be labor-intensive, and it can also take time to refer someone for a job. Your connections will appreciate receiving a thank-you email or message.

  • I appreciate your taking the time to write a reference for me.
  • I really appreciate the reference you gave to [company name] on my behalf.
  • Thank you for taking the time to provide me with a reference.
  • Thank you very much for recommending me for the position.
  • Thank you for referring me for the job at [company name].
  • Thank you so very much for referring me for the [job title] position at [company name]. 
  • Thank you so much for putting me in touch with [individual name] at [company name].
  • Thank you so much; I really appreciate it!

Workplace Thank-You Phrases

Bosses and employees love to be thanked, especially when they do something extra.

  • I really appreciate the effort you have contributed to your team's project. 
  • I sincerely appreciate your flexibility and willingness to help.
  • I wanted to express my personal gratitude for the effort and extra time you have contributed.
  • Thank you for your confidence and support.
  • Thank you for your help. I'm thrilled to have you on our team.
  • Thank you for always going above and beyond.
  • Thank you for proving what it means to be part of a team.
  • Thank you so much for meeting with me yesterday regarding the project I’m working on.

How you end your message or note is important, too. A professional closing like “Sincerely,” “Best regards,” or “With appreciation” will add a nice finishing touch to your communication.

The Benefits of Sending a Thank-You Note

When you're job searching, you'll have many different opportunities to say thank you to those who help you, and to prospective employers.

For example, when you write a thank-you note after an interview, the gesture shows appreciation for the employer’s interest, time, and attention, reiterates your enthusiasm and interest in the job opening, and reminds the employer about your qualifications and experience.

Thank-you notes are a good opportunity to bring up something you may have forgotten to mention during the interview, or to follow up with additional information that the employer has requested.

Usually, an interviewer will explain next steps in the process and when to expect to hear back from the company. If they did not discuss this, or you have yet to hear
from them, use your thank-you letter as an occasion to follow up. Doing so in a
thank-you note can express your gratitude and show your unwavering interest in
the position while simultaneously checking in on the process.

Review Thank-You Message Examples

Timing is almost as important as what you say. An email will make an immediate impression. That's key if you're in contention for a job, especially at a medium-sized to large company.

That gives the reader a tangible reminder of your appreciation. A small business or a colleague may look kindly on a handwritten note, while a corporate contact will probably expect, and prefer, an emailed note.

Review these thank-you note samples for a variety of situations, and then choose an appropriate phrase to include in your personalized thank-you note.

Take the time to carefully tailor your thank-you notes to fit the circumstances.

If time isn't of the essence, consider sending a handwritten card or note.

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