You may be wondering what the difference is between being grateful (writing a gratefulness letter) and being thankful (writing a thank you note).
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:
Next, you should try to deliver your letter in person, if at all possible. To do this, consider the following steps:
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.
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:
Thank You Notes
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.
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.
For additional personal thank you note examples, please see our free thank you notes page.
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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.
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.
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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The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
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.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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'.
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.
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.
These general thank-you phrases can be used for all personal and professional communications.
Sending a business thank-you note is not only professional; it’s a way to build a relationship with your professional business contacts.
Use these phrases to let someone know how much you appreciate what they have done for you.
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.
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.
Has someone helped you out? Be sure to take the time to relay your gratitude.
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.
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.
Bosses and employees love to be thanked, especially when they do something extra.
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.
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.
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.
Writing a Thank-You Letter after a Job Open the letter by expressing your gratitude.