How to Write Thoughtful Thank You Messages

Thank you notes containing a personalized message are one of the best ways to express gratitude to someone who has touched your life with kindness. When someone presents you with a well-chosen gift, a thank you note is a nice way to express your appreciation. Maybe a friend went beyond the expectations of friendship to help you through a hard time. Did someone provide meals for you after you had a baby, or offer moral support when a loved one passed away? Circumstances may be different, but a heartfelt thank you message is always appropriate. Here a few examples of thoughtful, personalized messages.

Thanking Someone for a Gift

Don and I were thrilled when we opened your thoughtful and useful wedding gift. You know how much we love to entertain, and the beautiful wine decanter with matching glasses will make a great impression when we have our first party in our new home. Be watching for your invitation when we get back from our honeymoon. Thanks again for the delightful gift.

Thanking Someone for Their Hospitality

Thank you so much for inviting us to join you for a week at your beach house. The timing was perfect, and the kids can’t stop talking about the fun they had. You really went all out with the New England clambake on the beach. That was a first for all of us, but we hope it won’t be our last. You are cherished friends, and we look forward to many more years of fun and friendship. Next year will be our turn to host the vacation. We can’t wait! Thanks again for everything.

Thanking Someone for Their Kindness

John’s death was so sudden and unexpected; I don’t know what I would have done without you. You came to my rescue and walked me through the most difficult days of my life. I will never forget the little things you did for me, from washing my hair, to sitting beside me at the funeral home, to helping me pick out the clothes he would wear the last time I looked at him. True friends are a gift. I cherish our life-long friendship, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thanking Someone for Their Help

Thank you so much for staying with Mom for the weekend so Joe and I could sneak out of town for our anniversary. Caregiving is a fulltime job, and I don’t get much time off. I am privileged to be able to care for my mother in my home, and those few days away refreshed and invigorated me. You know I could not have left her in anyone else’s care. You are a true friend. Thanks again for everything.

If anyone touches your life with kindness, don’t forget the thank-you note. You’ll make the recipient’s day, and put a smile on their face because you took the time to write it.

 

Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "How to Write Thoughtful Thank You Messages," in PsychologyDictionary.org, February 21, 2016, https://psychologydictionary.org/article/how-to-write-thoughtful-thank-you-messages/ (accessed July 17, 2019).
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